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Big Cat

Snow Leopard

Adapted to high altitudes, the snow leopard lives in the remote mountains of central Asia.

The Snow leopard can be distinguished from other similar species by its proportionately longer tail, which helps it maintain its balance on the rugged terrain and unstable surfaces of its habitat. The Snow leopard's tail also doubles as a warmth cover and is used to cover its nose and mouth when sleeping in very cold conditions.  It has a dense coat, which doesn’t tend to moult because of the harsh climatic conditions they live in. They also have very large paws that act as ‘snow shoes’. Other special adaptations include large lungs to make the most of the oxygen at high altitudes.

DID YOU KNOW? A Snow leopards tail is almost as long as its body! 

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Male: Panja born 2007
Ibex, Blue Sheep, Marmots, Woolly hares, and goats
15 -18 years wild
20 years captivity
Around 60cm at the shoulder
Up to 230cm (head to tail)
Up to 75 kilograms
Central Asia
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