A black panther is typically a melanistic color variant of any of several species of larger cat. In the Americas, wild 'black panthers' may be black jaguars (Panthera onca), while in Asia and Africa, black leopards (Panthera pardus)
Snarling Leopard. Leopards (Panthera Pardus) are one of the five 'Big Cat' Panthera species and are found in sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, South and Southeast Asia to Siberia. They are listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN.