Save The Black Leopards

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Unlike most leopards, which are famously spotty, the Malay leopards are melanistic: they have an all-black coat. As a result it has been near-impossible for scientists to tell which individual is which. That meant it was impossible to estimate how many there were, hindering research and conservation efforts. Now scientists from James Cook University in Australia have created a handy little workaround. They adapted the infrared flash of an automatic camera trap to go off even in bright daylight.