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Snow Leopard
Uncia uncia or 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: Endangered 


Animal Facts

Snow leopards are short and well-built with thick fur and a long tail. Their thick fur helps keep them warm during the winter season and their long tails help them keep balance as they cross dangerous cliffs and rocky outcrops. Their grey to white fur with dark spots and rosettes help them camouflage well in rocky and snow covered landscapes.

These cats are very elusive and rarely seen in the wild. They live on rocky terrains and alpine meadows in elevated mountain regions.

Females give birth 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, increased conflict with humans, poaching, and illegal trade.

Learn more about the Zoo's involvement in snow leopard conservation.




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



Distributional range in Central Asia