The nine subspecies of leopards are native to different regions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and India. Their geographical range includes countries in Africa, such as Gabon and Kenya. Leopards can also live in regions of China, Sri Lanka, Korea and from the Middle East to Russia.
The leopard belongs to the Felidae family, and its species is Panthera pardus. The different leopard subspecies live in different habitats of the world, such as grassland, mountain, forest and desert regions. Of the four members of the large cat families, the leopard is the smallest in size, ranging in size from 5 feet to 7.5 feet. Lions, jaguars and tigers are the other three large cats in nature.
The leopard is a carnivore that feeds on gazelle, deer, wildebeest, primates and birds. In the wild, its lifespan is about 20 years. Presently, five of the nine leopard subspecies are on the endangered list.