Leopard in the heraldic menagerie
The leopard in heraldry is a conventional name for the lion, one of the oldest and most common heraldic symbols. The first mention of the lion in heraldry dates back to the 11th-12th centuries. The lion is the king of beasts; it symbolises strength, courage and generosity. Leopards symbolise valour and courage.
The heraldic leopard is depicted as a lion,
but in a specific pose
Felines like that have long been part of state, city and private coats of arms. Today, natural images
of leopards can be seen on official symbols together with heraldic ones. The map features examples
of “leopard” coats of arms.
The leopard on coats of arms of countries and cities