Lazy Black Panther by Charlie Burlingame A black panther is typically a melanistic color variant of any Panthera species. Black panthers in Asia and Africa are leopards (Panthera pardus). Black panthers in the Americas are black jaguars (Panthera onca)
Ali Jarekji/REUTERS at the Jordan Zoo; jaguar mom Lolo enjoying a good wrestle (and occasional nibble) from her newborn cub. Unlike her spotted cub, Lolo possesses and exhibits more dark pigmentation than a typical jaguar.