Snow Leopard

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Snow Leopard

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The snow leopard’s five-inch thick coat affords great protection from the cold. The coat also comes in handy as camouflage, blending the leopard in with the rocky terrain as it lies in wait for potential prey. Sadly, the beautiful coat also hinders the leopard’s survival, as poaching for the fur is one of its major threats.

The snow leopard’s tail, which is up to 3 feet long, helps it maintain balance while navigating steep and rocky slopes.
Fact file:

Height: Up to 2 ft

Length: Up to 4.3 ft

Weight: 77 – 120 lbs

Lifespan: Up to 21 yrs in captivity

Habitat: Mountain regions, including grassland, scrubland and open woodland

Diet: Primarily blue sheep and ibex, some other hoofed mammals, rodents and birds

Current Range: Central Asia