The last time this type of panther was photographed in 1909.

Will Burrard-Lucas
Will Burrard-Lucas

The black leopard, which is considered one of the rarest species of panther, was spotted by a 35-year-old British wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, in Kenya.

Prior to this, there was only one, made in Africa, photograph of a panther of this species since 1909. It was made in Ethiopia, and is now stored in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington.

For unique photographs, Will used special equipment, including wireless motion sensors, high-quality SLR cameras, and two or three flashes near each camera.

The Briton said he could not believe that he had managed to photograph this rare species of leopard, staring at his camera lens.

When I was scrolling through the images on the camera, I stopped and looked at the photos in incomprehension. A pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness … Black Leopard! I could not believe it, and it took me several days before I realized that the dream of my life had come true.

Will Burrard-Lucas
wildlife photographer

Dark-colored leopard individuals appear due to the manifestation of melanism, a genetic mutation that changes the color of animals. According to the research ofscientists, the most common population of black leopards live in Malaysia, where about 50% of all animals have a dark color.