The delayed Leslie - Gower (LG) predator - prey system
is studied. The delay is considered as the bifurcation parameter and the characteristic equation of the linearized system of the original system at the positive equilibrium is analysed. It is shown that Hopf bifurcations can occur as the delay crosses some critical values. The main contribution of this paper is that the linear stability of the system is investigated and Hopf bifurcations are demonstrated. Conditions ensuring the existence of global Hopf bifurcation are given, i.e., when LG system has at least periodic solutions for The formulae determining the direction of the bifurcations and the stability of the bifurcating periodic solutions are given by using the normal form theory and center manifold theorem. The numerical simulations are also included. Basing on the global Hopf bifurcation result by J. Wu [Trans. Am. Math. Soc. 350, No. 12, 4799–4838 (1998; Zbl 0905.34034)] for functional differential equations, the authors demonstrate the global existence of periodic solutions.