Black Leopard photographed in Kenya sparks racism debate
This black leopard photographed by a white photographer is being claimed as the first photograph of the majestic creature in over 100 years but Kenyans term it ‘Christopher Columbus style history’. Check out!
- Stunning, crystal clear images of the African black leopard
- have sparked a debate
- The high quality images, taken in Kenya, by a white photographer,
- claim to be “first documented images of the animal in a century”
- But Kenyan photographers and conservationists are giving pushback
- They say they have been photographing the gorgeous animal for years
- The only difference this time is that the photographer is a white man,
- and has higher quality camera traps
- The leopard’s coat is pitch black because of a gene mutation,
- It’s the opposite of albinism
- Any melanistic leopard, jaguars and big cats are known as black panthers
- Yes, that is where Marvel’s Black Panther got its name from
- Fun fact: the fictional country of Wakanda is said to border Kenya
- Coincidence or a karmic sign? You decide!
- The photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, is ecstatic with his achievement:
- “For many years, the black panther remained the stuff of dream
- Nobody I knew had ever seen one in the wild.”
- Kenya’s response?
- “This Christopher Columbus type of history is archaic!!”
- Do you think it’s time white people stopped ‘discovering’ things in Kenya,
- that Kenyans have already discovered?
- Or do you think these images are worth it?
Naya Daur Media (NDM) is a bi-lingual progressive digital media platform aiming to inform and educate Pakistanis at home and abroad. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here Follow us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram