Micke Grove Zoo

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Snow Leopard
Panthera 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, hares and birds
  • Status in the Wild: THREATENED

 

Fun Facts

  • The snow leopard is the only big cat that is only found in high altitude habitats and cold climates.
  • Their fur is almost five inches thick and helps keep them warm through the winter months.
  • They are expert climbers that climb vertical cliffs and rock surfaces effortlessly
  • Did you know that snow leopards do not roar! They chuff, yowl, purr, mew, and growl.
  • Their thick white coats with black rosettes help these cats camouflage in alpine habitats.

 

Conservation Threats

The major threats are:

  • Habitat loss, some agricultural practices, and logging trees for firewood.
  • Illegal hunting and trading their fur also has had a detrimental influence on their wild numbers.

 

 

Their thick white coats with black rosettes help these cats camouflage in alpine habitats.

 

The female currently housed at Micke Grove Zoo enjoys using her ball

Map Distributional range - their habitats are found in altitude areas in cold climates