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Snow Leopard
Status Endangered
Diet Carnivore
Habitat
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Description

  • The snow leopard, also known as ounce, is a large mammal of the cat family which is found in the mountains of Central Asia. The animal's range extends from 2700 to 6000 m (8860 to 19,700 ft) in the summer, when the animals it eats migrate upward to graze on new grass. It has a thick layer of soft underfur covered by thick, long hair. The beautiful coat is pale gray, with black rosettes and small spots and a black streak along the spine; the underparts are whitish. The body length is about 1 to 1.3 m (about 3.3 to 4.3 ft) and the tail length is 0.8 to 1 m (2.6 to 3.3 ft). The animal is mainly nocturnal, and there are usually two to three cubs in a litter. Snow leopards have been overhunted for their fur and are now endangered.

Fun Facts

  • The snow leopard has wide, furry paws that serve as snowshoes, preventing it from sinking into the snow.
  • The snow leopard is capable of making huge leaps over ravines and climbing bare rock faces in pursuit of prey.
  • Snow leopards have never been known to roar.
  • The snow leopard, native to the Himalayan mountains of Central Asia, has been known to range as high as 18,000 ft.
  • The snow leopard is considered to be a nocturnal animal, but it is most active at dawn and dusk.
  • The camouflage-like coat of the snow leopard renders it almost invisible in the rocky regions of its native habitat.
  • Although trading in snow leopard furs is illegal, it continues, threatening the snow leopard's existence.
  • The snow leopard's diet consists mainly of wild sheep, goats and hares.

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