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By Desmond Morris

The smooth, noticed leopard could be the smallest of the large cats, yet its ferocity and solitary sort makes lions and tigers look puny compared. missing the social mentality of alternative animals, the leopard is stealthy and egocentric, ambushing its prey and sporting it excessive right into a tree the place it may well dine on my own. people name leopards the “perfect predator." In Leopard, well known zoologist Desmond Morris seeks to teach either side of the cat, delving into the attention-grabbing historical past of those exceptional animals.
 
Morris examines the leopard’s athletic beauty, predatory ability, cautious shyness, and crafty intelligence whereas additionally exploring the animal’s parental devotion, choice for solitude, and capability for revenge. as well as tracing the evolution of leopards, he considers how people have relating to the animal all through historical past. Leopards, he exhibits, have lengthy featured within the artwork, mythology, and folklore of historic Greece, Persia, Rome, or even England, the place they've got now not lived for a number of millennia. yet people and leopards don't regularly coexist peacefully; as Morris explains, leopards were recognized to assault people while their nutrients is scarce or they're injured. He finds how people have exploited the cats, trying to educate them for circus roles, and the way at the present time a few individuals are now making strides towards the leopard’s conservation. He additionally describes their wealthy symbolism, appearances in literature and movie, and using the leopard print in either high fashion and down-market fashion.
 
choked with compelling photos of this notable animal in action, Leopard sheds new mild on those beautiful cats.

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