The black leopard Will captured is a male and based on its size, thought to be around two years old.
The cats have the same distinctive spots - or rosettes - as regular golden leopards, but are much darker in colour.
This is the first time that one has been caught on camera "properly" in Africa for 100 years.
Those headlines turned a significant, yet carefully parsed, achievement into a social media moment of mass confusion, helping, Burrard-Lucas said, to spread the false notion that black leopards haven't been seen or photographed in Africa in a century.
Burrard-Lucas, in an interview with The Washington Post, stressed that his photos - along with footage in the same area captured by San Diego Zoo researchers - did announce a breathtaking moment - just not quite the one that was rocketing around social media, fuelled by exaggerated media reports. "For many years, they remained the stuff of dreams and of farfetched stories told around the campfire at night". "The only place where we have black leopards is where this place in the Marvel Universe appears to exist".
Recounting the moment via his photography blog, Burrard-Lucas writes: 'As I scrolled through the images on the back of the camera, I paused and peered at the photograph below in incomprehension... a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness... a black leopard! "I set up my camera traps up on this trail and it was there that I captured my first image of the black leopard".
Will has left his cameras at the park in Kenya and is flying back in a few weeks to see what else they've picked up - but time to get more pictures is running out.
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Contrary to popular belief, black panthers are not a species, the animals commonly referred to by these name are simply melanistic leopards and jaguars that have a mutation responsible for their dark or black coat.
Burrard-Lucas' images can now be found in the African Journal of Ecology.
"Usually on these camera trap photos with the flash you see the animal very clearly".
Ever since Burrard-Lucas was a child, he's been fascinated by the lore and stories of the elusive black panther, and only dreamed of ever seeing one. There was a known thing that you didn't hunt black leopards.
That superhero character was from the fictional country of Wakanda. "Within a few months, we were rewarded with multiple observations on our cameras".
Pilford said most recorded sightings of black leopards have been spotted in Asian forests.