Kenyans dismiss ‘first time in 100 years’ sighting of black leopard


Kenyans dismiss 'first time in 100 years' sighting of black leopard
Photo of a black leopard as captured by British photographer Will Burrad-Lucas at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp.

In Summary

  • According to the media outlets, British photographer Will Burrad-Lucas captured the animal in its element at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp last month.
  • Kenyans, however, say the animal – or, at least, similar ones - have lived in the area for years and have even been photographed previously.
  • Taking to Facebook, conservationist Mordecai Ogada stated that he – and his colleagues – spotted a similar animal in Ol Maalo, Laikipia, during his Masters Studies research in early 2001.

Kenyans on social media have expressed outrage at reporting by international media about the sighting of a ‘black leopard’ in Laikipia for the first time in 100 years.

According to the media outlets, British photographer Will Burrad-Lucas captured the animal in its element at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp last month.

Kenyans, however, say the animal – or, at least, similar ones — have lived in the area for years and have even been photographed previously.

Taking to Facebook, conservationist Mordecai Ogada stated that he and his colleagues spotted a similar animal in Ol Maalo, Laikipia, during his Masters Studies research in early 2001.

An article published by the Daily Nation further added that one of their former photographers, Phoebe Okall, spotted and captured on camera a black leopard at the Ol-Jogi Game Reserve in Laikipia on August 27, 2013.

These, among other sightings reported by Kenyans on social media, have elicited mixed reactions on why the previous documentations of the rare animal were not taken seriously.

The uproar has also stirred a racial debate on whether an invention is ever only considered tangible enough for reporting by international media if it is made by a foreigner as opposed to a native.

Below are some of the reactions by Kenyans on the reporting:

https://twitter.com/carolinekere/status/1095600349153497088

https://twitter.com/KResearcher/status/1095658444319850496

https://twitter.com/carolinekere/status/1095597112522346496

https://twitter.com/Kiyaavic/status/1095547536616706048

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