Snow Leopards

Snow leopard spots are so last season...

Habitat

Location:

  • Afghanistan (WIKI)
  • Bhutan (WIKI)
  • China (WIKI)
  • India (WIKI)
  • Kazakhstan (WIKI)
  • the Kyrgiz Republic (WIKI)
  • Mongolia (WIKI)
  • Nepal (WIKI)
  • Pakistan (WIKI)
  • Russia (WIKI)
  • Tajikistan (WIKI)
  • Uzbekistan (WIKI)
Terrain:
  • Alpine (WIKI)
  • Sub-alpine


Food

-Carnivore
-Food
  • carrion (WCPP P.40)
  • livestock (WCPP P.40)
  • large prey (WCPP P.40)
  • small prey (WCPP P.40)
  • if needed, yak (WCPP P.40)
-Predators
  • no predators, snow leopards are on top of the food chain (WIKI) (WCPP P.40)
(Wild Cats Past and Present)

Description

Classification:
  • mammal (cat)
Special Body Covering:
  • fur with rosettes or spots (WIKI)
Size:
  • generally weigh between 27 and 55 kg (60 and 120 lb) (WIKI)
  • general body length about 75 to 130 centimeters (30 to 50 in) (WIKI)
  • tail adds about 80 to 100 cm (31 to 39 in) (WIKI)
  • general height is about 60 cm (24 in) (WIKI)

Reproduction

  • usually mate between April and June
  • snow leopard cubs are born in dens
  • cubs are born with spots that develop into rosettes later
  • litter sizes vary from one to five cubs
  • cubs weigh from 320 to 567 grams (11 to 20.0 oz)
    (all WIKI)

Adaptation

Adaptations for Protection:
  • tail adds balance
  • color and spots help them to blend into the background
Structures:
  • smaller body than other large cats (WCPP P.18)
  • long tail (WCPP P.18)
  • soft paws (WCPP P.18)
Behaviors:
  • leave scent marks to mark their territory (WIKI)
  • are crepuscular, being most active at dawn and dusk (WIKI)
  • are extremely secretive and well camouflaged (WIKI)
  • sticks with same partner (WIKI)

Reasons for Endangernment

  • hunted for fur and body parts (Buzzle)
  • due to human settlements, their prey and habitat are destroyed (Buzzle)

Critical Information

What is currently being done to help:
  • trafficking of snow leopards and their body parts is illegal (SLT)
  • all 12 snow leopard range countries have laws protecting them (SLT)
  • SLT is in close operation with India to save the snow leopards (SLT)
What you can do:
  • Avoid buying snow leopards fur (snowleopard.org)
  • Fundraisers
  • Create your own group to help donate
  • Make a petition to protect these animals