A male leopard is referred to as a leopard, while the female leopard is referred to as a leopardess. Baby leopards, whether male or female, are called cubs. A group of leopards is referred to as a leap or lepe.
Leopards, also known as panthera pardus, are the smallest of the four large cat breeds. Male leopards tend to be much larger than females and do not help in raising cubs. Leopards are best recognized by their spotted fur, which has attracted poachers that kill and skin the cats for their coats. Leopards are now extinct in six countries where they were previously found because of continual poaching, according to Panthera, a wild cat conservation group.