Leopards are some of the stealthiest hunters on the planet, managing to avoid detection with deadly efficiency because of their spots.
Along with staying quiet as they approach their prey, keeping camouflaged is one of the keys to the big cats’ stalking ability.
The picture below, shot by US photographer Art Wolfe, shows a leopard at the Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South Africa.
Can you spot the leopard hiding in this image?
Leopards’ famous print makes them surprisingly hard to spot in their natural habitat
Can you see the illusive feline?
Even though leopard print spots make the creatures stand out in a zoo, in the wild where there are lots of light and dark patches in quick succession more naturally – such as looking through long grass – the pattern is an evolutionary advantage.
This not only helps with hunting, but also helps protect leopards form the potential threat of bigger predators such as lions – which share their habitat and compete for the same prey.
This big cat is peering through the foliage and past a tree as it seeks out its next meal.
It is circled at the base of the tree trunk below.
This big cat is peering through the foliage and past a tree as it seeks out its next meal