The Snow Leopard

An Endangered Species

What does a snow leopard look like?

Here are some characteristics:

-white, yellowish, or soft grey coat

-ringed spots of black on brown

-heavy fur lined tail

-paws covered with fur

-height: About 2 feet (.6 m) at the shoulders

-length: 6-7.5 (1.8-2.3 m) (includes 40 inch (1 m) tail length)

Location of the snow leopard.

The snow leopard inhabits the high mountains of Central Asia over an expansive twelve-country range. The snow leopard is a moderately large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central Asia.

Habitat ?

Snow leopards live in the high, rugged mountains of Central Asia.

Snow leopards prefer the broken terrain of cliffs, rocky outcrops, and ravines. This type of habitat provides good cover and clear views to help them find, and sneak up on their prey.

Each individual snow leopard inhabits a defined home range. Because these cats are not as aggressively territorial as other species, home ranges can overlap. The amount of space each snow leopard needs differs between landscapes. Researchers think that this depends on the availability of prey. In areas where prey is abundant, cats inhabit home ranges as small as 30-65 km^2. In areas where there is less prey, snow leopards need more land in use for hunting and their home ranges may be over 1,000 km^2.

Role in the ecocyctem ?

The snow leopard is an omnivore. It hunts and eats meat. They eat sheep and goats. during mating season they eat notable amounts of plants. in summer months they are known to eat small animals.
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Life Span

Snow leopards live between 15 and 18 years anywhere they live. But they have been known to live as long as 20 years.

Threats

one threat is poaching, humans poach them for their fabulous fur coat. another threat is retribution killings, the snow leopards occasionally feed on domestic livestock grazing in their habitat. a third threat to the snow leopard is the loss of habitat and prey, Because herding communities depend on their livestock financially, there is an incentive to increase the size of the herd. These growing numbers of domestic livestock need to eat more wild grasses, which leads to overgrazing. This activity reduces the amount of food available to the wild sheep and goats that snow leopards typically eat, reducing their numbers. Additionally, humans hunt these wild prey species for meat and trophies, decreasing wild prey even further.

classification

-kingdom-animilia

-phylum-chordata

-class- mammilia

-order-canivora

-family-felidae

-genus-panthera

-species-uncia