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Snow Leopard
Uncia uncia

Habitat: Alpine habitat along the Mongolian and Tibetan Plateau

Range: High mountains in Central Asia (Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan)

Natural Diet: Mountain goats (Himalayan tahr and markhor), sheep (bharal and argali), young yak, hare and birds

Status in the Wild: Endangered


Fun Animal Facts

The snow leopard is short and well-built with thick fur and a long tail. Their thick fur insulates them during the winter season while their long tails help them balance when they traverse treacherous cliffs and outcrops. Their white fur with dark dots and rosettes help them camouflage well in snow covered landscapes.

These felids are highly elusive and are rarely seen. They live on rocky terrains and alpine meadows in elevated mountain regions. Females give brith to cubs during late spring and early summer.


Conservation: the population numbers of this species is declining in the wild due to the depletion in prey base, increase in conflict with humans, and illegal trade.


More on the Zoo's involvement in snow leopard conservation  [for information, click on link]

Follow updates on this new cat by reading our Snow leopard cub Blog!

Click here for a video clip of the snow leopard cub at Albuquerque BioPark

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Their thick white coats with black rosettes help them camouflage in alpine habitats  

*This photograph was taken in October 2013 at Albuquerque BioPark when the cub was six months old [Photo credit: Tony York, Albuquerque BioPark, NM, USA]


Distributional range in Central Asia