Ndalawo

Dark Leopard of East Africa.

Variant name: Ondurlarwo (in northwest Uganda).

Physical description: Size and shape of a leopard. Black fur on its back, gray on the flanks.

Behavior: Three or four of these animals hunt together. They utter a hyena-like laugh when hunting. Said to attack and kill humans.

Habitat: Forests.

Distribution: Uganda.

Possible explanation: The pseudomelanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus var. melanotica) is a rare morph, but the coloration is similar.

Sources: Charles R. S. Pitman, A Game Warden among His Charges (London: Nisbet, 1931), pp. 308-309; William Hichens, "African Mystery Beasts," Discovery 18 (1937): 369-373.

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