The animal has a sooty black coat as a result of melanism, which is the opposite of albinism and is extremely rare.
The photographs by Will Burrard-Lucas were taken at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya.
Using what's known as camera traps - motion-sensitive cameras and flashes that are set up in an area with the hope of an animal triggering it, capturing it in a frame - he managed to get some pictures of the animal.
"I had a quick look at the last trap, not expecting to find much", Burrard-Lucas wrote on his blog.
After finding tracks, Pilford setup a Camtraptions Camera Trap for several nights until he captured a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness.
"Almost everyone has a story about seeing one, it's such a mythical thing", says Mr Pilfold, of San Diego Zoo Global's Institute for Conservation Research.
The Brit said he couldn't believe it when he returned to one of the traps one day and saw a black leopard staring back at the camera lens.
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Early a year ago, Pilfold and his team placed remote cameras near the conservancy after they heard reports of a possible black leopard, also called a black panther.
National Geographic adds that there are nine leopard subspecies ranging from Africa all the way to eastern Russian Federation.
For those who have watched the famous Black Panther movie, it is easy to think that just seeing the photo of such a lovely creature gives all manner of wakanda vibes.
"It's really neat. The black panthers we have are very close to the fictional ones of Wakanda", he said. Conservation scientist Nicholas Pilford estimates that only 11 per cent of the world's leopards have it. "And then to get black leopards, wow, the first time I got that I was very, very happy, very surprised".
Burrard-Lucas' images can now be found in the African Journal of Ecology.
It is the first time that a sighting of the stunning creature has been confirmed since 1909. That's when he made a decision to head to Africa himself, and set up several covert remote cameras by Camtraptions Camera Trap overnight at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya, near where the San Diego Zoo researchers had confirmed the evasive predator's existence.
"In South America it would be a melanistic jaguar - a black jaguar". I think when I started this project I didn't actually think I was going to be able to achieve a shot of a black leopard in Africa but that it is exactly what is here on the back of my camera.