Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Liopard sneachta

  • Scientific name: Uncia uncia
  • IUCN status: Endangered
  • Habitat: Rocky mountain ranges between 3,000 and 5,000 metres above sea level.
  • Diet: Carnivore – eats wild goat, sheep, marmots and rodents.

Snow leopards have long, thick fur to keep them warm. Their huge, furry paws help them to grip on slippery rocks, act like snowshoes to prevent them from sinking into deep snow, and protect their pads from sharp rock edges. Their exceptionally long tails are used for wrapping around their face and body for warmth and for balance when leaping. Instead of roaring, they greet each other with quiet ‘chuffing’ sounds.

Keeper’s Secret

Snow leopards ambush their prey from above and are capable of leaping a great distance.

Snow leopards ambush their prey from above and are capable of leaping a great distance.

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