The leopard shark is hunted by the great white shark.
Where at the Zoo
Where in the World
What They Eat
Where They Live
What They Do
How They’re Doing
In Discovery Bay, leopard sharks are displayed in the estuary because they are relatively small as adults and have a calm swimming habit. It is the only exhibit in Discovery Bay with water cold enough for them. The estuary animals are fed daily each afternoon, but not at a scheduled time.
Leopard sharks are quite common off the coast of California, which probably has a lot to do the some of the fishing restrictions placed on them. They are popular for sport fishing and are fished often for human consumption. Their slow growth and narrow range would make them vulnerable sharks if they weren’t well managed. It is unclear just how well the leopard shark is doing in the Gulf of Mexico, but the health of the global population is strong enough to be listed by the World Conservation Union as a species of least concern.