The leopard - which is also referred to as a black panther - derives its dark coat from melanism, the opposite of albinism.
The female cat (whose black spotted coat comes as a result of melanism), appeared out of nowhere at Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya.
Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas used a special type of camera set up called Camtraptions, which he created to take pictures of the shiest of animals.
Burrard-Lucas spent a few more days on the leopard's trail, moving his camera traps along the way.
"I couldn't believe it", Burrard-Lucas writes in a blog post.
"I couldn't believe it and it took a few days before it sank in that I had achieved my dream", he said.More news: USA commander says N.Korea unlikely to give up all nuclear weapons
"I never get my hopes up, and after the first couple of nights I hadn't got this leopard and I was beginning to think I'd be lucky if I get a photo of a spotty leopard, let alone this black one". "Surely I was not going to be lucky enough to actually photograph a melanistic African leopard?!"
Most recorded sightings of black leopards have been in forests of Asia.
Reports reaching Legit.ng reveal that a black panther has been spotted in Kenya, making it the first of its kind in a century.
Photo Courtesy of William Burrard-LucasThe sighting came as a pleasantly unexpected surprise to Burrard-Lucas. "And then to get black leopards, wow, the first time I got that I was very, very happy, very surprised". Before Burrard-Lucas' efforts, researchers with the Institute of Conservation Research at San Diego Zoo Global and Kenya's Loisaba Conservancy published a study on January 29 confirming five sightings of a female black leopardess previous year in Laikipia County, Kenya.
"Melanism occurs in about 11 percent of leopards globally".
The big cat, also known as a black panther, was pictured by remote cameras in Laikipia County which were set up to study the dynamics of leopard populations after reports of sightings in the area.
The irony of the scientific paper coming out not long after the 2018 box office success of Marvel's Black Panther, based in the fictional African nation of Wakanda - which is said to border Kenya - was not lost on Kenya's twittersphere.