African Leopard Skull on African Shield Mount
***Note: Texas Residents Only, unable to sell to any other state
This is an African Leopard skull professionally mounted on a steel mount designed like an African Shield. This skull measures 9.5" in length.
After some debate on exactly what type of big cat this belonged to, we confirmed this through a taxidermy expert in the field of big cats.
While we would not go out and hunt an African Leopard ourselves, we honor the leopard and see this as a symbol to remind us of the strength and grace that Nature provides for us on this journey through life, and an apt Memento Mori.
The African leopard exhibits great variation in coat color, depending on location and habitat. Coat colour varies from pale yellow to deep gold or tawny, and sometimes black, and is patterned with black rosettes while the head, lower limbs and belly are spotted with solid black. Male leopards are larger, averaging 60 kg (130 lb) with 91 kg (201 lb) being the maximum weight attained by a male. Females weigh about 35 to 40 kg (77 to 88 lb) on average.
The African leopard is sexually dimorphic; males are larger and heavier than females. Between 1996 and 2000, 11 adult leopards were radio-collared on Namibian farmlands. Males weighed 37.5 to 52.3 kg (83 to 115 lb) only, and females 24 to 33.5 kg (53 to 74 lb). The heaviest known leopard weighed about 96 kg (212 lb), and was recorded in South West Africa.