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 FactsThe 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.
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