The Snow Leopard
by Kody Harris
There are only about 7,000 Snow Leopards remaining in the world, including those in zoos.
Snow leopards occupy alpine and subalpine areas generally 3,350 and 6,700 meters (10,990 and 22,000 ft) above sea level in Central Asia.
The snow leopard has a short muzzle and domed forehead, containing unusually large nasal cavities that help the animal breathe the thin, cold air of their mountainous environment.
Snow leopards cannot roar.
Snow leopards symbolize heraldry for the Turkic people of Central Asia.
There are numerous agencies working to conserve the snow leopard and its threatened mountain ecosystems. These include the Snow Leopard Trust, the Snow Leopard Conservancy, the Snow Leopard Network, the Cat Specialist Group and the Panthera Corporation.
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