Image via Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
After the their last remaining leopard passed away last month, Sanford's Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens added two new (to them!) leopards to their menagerie. The two leopards, born in 1996, have spent practically their entire lives together at the Naples Zoo, so it's good to see them stick together in the move to their new home. They have been separated from their babies, who were born in 1999. That's what happens though, people (and leopards) grow up and live away from their parents.
The non-profit zoo's new female is a melanistic leopard, sometimes incorrectly referred to as a black panther. Her black coat is due to a recessive gene that causes the production of more black pigment than orange-tan. The spots are still visible, though; you just have to look super-close. So, maybe just trust us on this one. You can spot the spots on the male more easily, as he is a spotted leopard.
While you're welcoming them to their new abode, you should definitely stop by and day "hi" to Jahi, part of the zoo's Indian Rhinoceros exhibit.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.