Driving Question - Why do King Cheetahs have different markings, and how? Why is it rare? King Cheetah - The difference between a normal spotted cheetah (left) and a rare king cheetah (right) is a mutation in a single gene.
A BLACK LEOPARD --notice you can see the leopard markings. A "black panther" is not its own species—it's an umbrella term that refers to any big cat with a black coat. Cats called Black Panthers have spots too, they are just harder to see.
"Racing Stripes" The King Cheetah has a recessive fur pattern mutation. First discovered in Zimbabwe in this very rare animal has been seen in the wild only 6 times. Photo by: Steve Jurvetson One of my favorite animals in the whole world is cheetah.