The Snow Leopard
An Endangered Species
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.
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.
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