Although black panthers can adapt well to different environments and habitats, they are in danger. Their population is shrinking along with their habitats. Human beings are the biggest threat to the survival of black panthers. The environmental changes, which cause the loss and deterioration of natural habitats for black panthers, are also a big threat to black panthers.
The U.S. Endangered Species Act has listed leopards on the African continent as “Threatened” (South Africa) and “Endangered” (the rest of Africa and Middle East & Asia). CITES, the agency that classifies species internationally, has listed the leopard as “vulnerable”. In the 1970s, all leopards were listed as vulnerable by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and international trade in leopard was prohibited.
Black panthers, like all members of the big cat family, have no greater enemy in nature than human beings. Farmers have killed them with poison and traps to protect livestock or people. Hunters have killed them for adventure and for their beautiful and precious furs.
Human beings are moving into areas traditionally natural habitat and communities for wildlife animals. Habitat loss and deterioration is threatening the survival of black panthers. Environmental contamination such as mercury and other chemicals is also a cause of death of wild animals including black panthers.