Leopards are mammals, and members of the cat family. They are in the group of cats called the 'big cats'. There are about 20 different sub-species (like breeds, or kinds) of leopard.
Leopards live in quite a variety of habitats, such as rainforests, cliffs, swampy forests and rocky mountain areas right up to the snow line. They are found in parts of Africa, the Middle East and in Asia.
Leopards are about 2 metres long from the nose to the tip of the tail. Their coats are golden-yellow with black rosette markings. The markings are not only on the fur, but on the skin as well. Black leopards, sometimes incorrectly called black panthers, have black fur and black rosette markings that can be seen faintly when the cat is in strong sunlight.