Leopard (Reaktion Books - Animal)
Morris examines the leopard’s athletic elegance, predatory skill, wary shyness, and cunning intelligence while also exploring the animal’s parental devotion, preference for solitude, and capacity for revenge. In addition to tracing the evolution of leopards, he considers how humans have related to the animal throughout history. Leopards, he shows, have long featured in the art, mythology, and folklore of ancient Greece, Persia, Rome, and even England, where they have not lived for several millennia. But humans and leopards do not always coexist peacefully; as Morris explains, leopards have been known to attack humans when their food is scarce or they are injured. He reveals how humans have exploited the cats, attempting to train them for circus roles, and how today some people are now making strides toward the leopard’s conservation. He also describes their rich symbolism, appearances in literature and film, and the use of the leopard print in both haute couture and down-market fashion.
Packed with compelling images of this amazing animal in action, Leopard sheds new light on these gorgeous cats.
started to adopt this novel trend. In 1910, an advertisement for Knox Hats showed the wearer in a black-collared leopard-skin coat, and a few years later, in January 1914, just a few months before the outbreak of the First World War, the Ladies’ Home Journal daringly chose a full-length leopard fur for its cover picture. William Brokaw wearing a dashing leopard-skin coat, c. 1904. In the roaring Twenties, Hollywood discovered the leopard coat, and in the 1930s and ’40s a number of female film
the 1960s was something in the region of 250,000. When he realized what he had done, Cassini was horrified and set about producing a fake fur made from synthetic fibres which he hoped would be acceptable as a replacement. Fortunately, it was in the 1960s that the modern conservation movement was set in motion, thanks largely to the efforts of the British artist and naturalist Peter Scott. This meant that pressure could be brought to bear on governments to control the killing. In 1969, the U.S.
and adorning ourselves in leopard print reminds us of our species’ connection to wildlife of the world and our once-intimate relationship to it.’ One decorative category where the spotted leopard pattern has failed to prosper is in the realm of female cosmetics. The reason for this is simple enough – make-up is meant to eliminate spots, not create them. As a result, leopard-style make-up is confined to exotic eccentricities and facial make-up with leopard spots is restricted almost entirely to
livestock from leopard attacks. The South African research aims to increase knowledge of leopard population and territory sizes in specific regions, create photographic database of individuals, analyse prey preferences and investigate reproduction and mortality rates. Given the leopard’s retiring nature, this is a daunting task, although it has been made slightly easier by the fact that loss of habitat has forced the leopard out into the open more frequently than in the past. The present
of mirrors that had been imported from Europe. These ivory leopards remain in the Royal Collection today but are on loan to the British Museum. All works of art in Benin City were originally made in honour of their king, or oba, and the leopard is recognized as one of his symbolic representations. Also in the British Museum is a smaller ivory and copper leopard from Benin, with a highly stylized head. This one was an arm ornament and was part of a ceremonial costume worn by the oba, who looked