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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
See also: change, leopard, spot

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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Other measures to improve leopard protection include installing alerts and slow-down signs on highways, as well as removing hedges near road-kill hotspots.
The leopard sustained heavy injuries on her right leg and head.
He further expressed that the relevant departments, conservationists, and wildlife managers have a variety of tools to lessen the conflict, however, in the Galyat forests of Abbottabad, they seem to have been unsuccessful so far which is a significant threat to the already threatened population of common leopards throughout Pakistan.
Our goal is to provide skill development for enhanced livelihood opportunities aiming to change the perception of local communities and to minimize the human snow leopard conflicts in these valleys, he added.
"The forest officials have been urging the villagers not to sleep in the open and also to keep their domesticated animals indoors to avert any leopard attacks," the forest officer said.
'Efforts to raise awareness among locals and other conservation activities are underway in 15 to 20 villages,' said Jafaruddin, the Chitral deputy director for the Snow Leopard Foundation, one of the organisations part of the UNDP-funded project.
He warned that if workers killed the endangered species of leopard without any solid reason, they would be taken to justice.
Since the 20th century, the leopard is listed in the Red Book.
Whenever I don one of my lovely leopard print pieces, the words 'Bet Lynch' spring forth from his lips within minutes of him clapping eyes on me.
The fund is being provided by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) Trust Fund and implemented by the Snow Leopard Foundation in Karakoram-Pamir, Himalaya and Hindu Kush mountain ranges in Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The common leopard Panthera pardus is one of the five 'big cats" belonging to genus Panthera, family Felidae.
Parliamentary Secretary also thanked Government of Kyrgyzstan for the provision of secretariat for Snow leopard protection and hosting GSLEP meetings several times.
They also expressed that although the conservation status of the snow leopard has been changed from endangered to vulnerable, the animal population still faces multiple threats including poaching and habitat degradation.
High in the Himalayas live one of the world's most beautiful and enigmatic cats - the snow leopard.
Mazandaran is one of the main habitats of the Persian leopard in Iran, home to around 100 leopards.