Cats known as black panthers live all around the world, from Central America and South America to Asia. They can live in a variety of different habitats, such as forests, rainforests, grasslands, scrublands and swamps.
The term "black panther" usually refers to jaguars that are entirely black instead of spotted. However, the term is also often applied to black versions of leopards. These are not separate species of cats; the black coloring is simply a different kind of marking caused by genes.
Jaguars live in Central America and South America, so black panthers are frequently found in these regions. The natural habitat of the jaguar once spread from the southern states of the United States into most of South America; however, deforestation and poaching have reduced their numbers and decreased their natural habitat significantly.
In captivity, black leopards are often selectively bred to keep their unusual coloring. However, examples of black leopards also exist in the wild. They have been spotted in forested areas of China, Nepal, India, Myanmar and Nepal. Examples have also been found in other leopard habitats such as Kenya and Ethiopia. Like jaguars, leopards can adapt to a wide variety of environments. However, they tend to live in forests and bushes.