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a leopard can't change its spots

One will stay true to one's nature, even if one pretends or claims otherwise. After our breakup, he came crawling back, trying to convince me that he'd changed, but I know that a leopard can't change its spots.
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a leopard doesn't change its spots

One will stay true to one's nature, even if one pretends or claims otherwise. After our breakup, he came crawling back, trying to convince me that he'd changed, but I know that a leopard doesn't change its spots.
See also: change, leopard, spot

leopard cannot change his spots

Prov. One cannot change the basic way one is. Bill may say he'll stop being so jealous after Cindy marries him, but I doubt he will. A leopard can't change his spots.
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leopard cannot change its spots, a

Also, the tiger cannot change its stripes. One can't change one's essential nature. For example, He's a conservative, no matter what he says; the leopard cannot change its spots. These metaphoric expressions both originated in an ancient Greek proverb that appears in the Bible (Jeremiah 13:23): "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?" It was first recorded in English in 1546.
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a leopard does not change its spots

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a leopard cannot change its spots

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If you say that a leopard does not change its spots or a leopard cannot change its spots, you mean that it is not possible for someone bad or unpleasant to change and become good and pleasant. A liar is a liar, and a leopard cannot change its spots. Note: This expression is often varied. This racist leopard has in no way changed his spots. I believe a leopard can change his spots, and this guy is really committed. Note: A form of this proverb is used in the Bible, by the prophet Jeremiah, to say that wicked people never change: `Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.' (Jeremiah 13:23)
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a leopard can't change his spots

people can't change their basic nature. proverb
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a leopard cannot change its ˈspots

(saying) a person’s character does not change: A dictator is unlikely to become a good leader in a democracy. A leopard cannot change its spots.
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The wildlife wing of Himachal Pradesh's forest department has spotted a significant rise in the number snow leopards in Chichim valley of Lahaul Spiti in the recent times.
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Pakistan has now developed a protection plan for snow leopards.
To discourage shepherds and villagers from killing the animal in an effort to protect their livestock, the DOE, in cooperation with Ma Insurance Company, insured the Persian leopard in 2016 and compensated those who had suffered losses last year.
That said, there are many more leopards today than when I started hunting Africa, and as a result, leopard hunting is much more successful now than it was 30 years ago.
The panelists at the event set forth examples of some of the transformative actions that governments and partners have taken to conserve snow leopards, and their high mountain ecosystems in ways that strengthen livelihoods of the indigenous peoples and local communities, who live in and manage a large part of these landscapes.
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Snow leopards are usually found in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Pamir Plateau at altitudes over 3,500 meters, but have rarely been seen in the wild since 1980s due to loss of habitat and poaching.
An active phase of snow leopards conservation has started in Kyrgyzstan, State Secretary of the State Agency for Environmental Protection Bahtiyar Abdiyev said at the Snow Leopard Conference on October 23 in Bishkek.
When Himalayan pastoralist Chungda Sherpa found that three of his yaks had been killed by a group of snow leopards, he did what herders in Nepal have done for centuries--he tracked down the leopards and killed them.
Wildlife photographer Matse Rangja said despite being an avid wildlife photographer for eight years, he has seen snow leopards with his eyes just once.
Based on the data collected the number of snow leopards in the study area (1022 km2) was estimated to be 2 -3 animals.