"For me, no animal is shrouded in more mystery, no animal more elusive, and no animal more lovely", he wrote.
CNN reports that the last confirmed photographic evidence of a black leopard occurred in Ethiopia in 1909, though Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper claims that its photographer, Phoebe Okall, was able to photograph a black leopard in 2013.
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Black leopards are a result of a genetic mutation called melanism.
According to The New York Times, a team from the Institute for Conservation Research of the San Diego Zoo Global and the Loisaba Conservancy in Kenya has confirmed the existence of black panthers - also known as black leopards - in Laikipia County, north of Nairobi, Kenya.
Nicholas Pilfold PhD, a biologist with San Diego Zoo Global who is now researching leopards at Laikipia's Loisaba Conservancy and helped Burrard-Lucas with his photography project, confirmed that the recent on-camera sighting was extremely rare.
With the help of a guide, he set up Camtraptions camera traps along a path where they found fresh footprints - though it was unclear if the tracks belonged to a black leopard or a regular spotted one.
Although there have been reported sightings of the animal in Kenya, "black leopards in Africa are extremely rare".
Burrard-Lucas used a series of Camtraptions camera traps, a system he devised, that included a wireless motion sensor and a high-quality camera.
The mythical creature has been SPOTTED!
After several days without success Burrard-Lucas returned to his cameras to find a striking image. "I was disheartened and suddenly felt the enormity of what I was trying to achieve". The cat is so rare it has taken on an nearly mythical status, which is reflected by the fact the creature hadn't been photographed in Africa in nearly 100 years. "We intensified our camera placement in the area the reports were being made", he said Tuesday night.
A black leopard raised in captivity at the The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in Johannesburg. "As I scrolled through the images on the back of the camera, I paused and peered at the photograph below in incomprehension. So I've left the cameras for a few days and now I'm heading back to see if I've got anything".
"These are the first high-quality camera trap photos of a black leopard anywhere".
The leopard, spotted in Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya, has often been seen but getting pictures of it has proven to be very hard. "I can still scarcely believe that this project-which started out as a speculative recce trip-has paid such spectacular dividends!" Conservation scientist Nicholas Pilford estimates that only 11 per cent of the world's leopards have it.
Melanism provides additional camouflage for the cats.