tigerOrder Carnivora

Family Felidae

Scientific Name

Panthera uncia

Thumbnail Description

Snow leopards are used to living in a cold, mountainous environment

Size and Weight

Head-to-tail length 75 to 130 cm (30 to 50 in); shoulder height 60 cm (24 in)

Weight 75 kg (165 lb)

Physical Features

Snow leopards have long, thick fur, and their base color varies from smoky gray to yellowish tan

Habitat

Mountainous meadows and in rocky regions at an altitude of 2,700 to 6,000 m (8,900 to 19,700 ft)

Distribution

Altai mountains, Sayan and Tannu-Ola Mountains, in the Tian Shan, across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to the Hindu Kush in eastern Afghanistan, Karakoram in northern Pakistan, in the Pamir Mountains, the Himalayas in India, Nepal, and Bhutan, and the Tibetan Plateau. In Mongolia

Diet

Bharal, Himalayan tahr, markhor, argali, horse, and camel, also hares and birds

Reproduction

1 – 5

Population

2,500

Baby Name

Cubs

Lifespan

15 – 18 years (wild)

Up to 21 years (captivity)

Speed

Unknown

Nature

Solitary

Conservation Status

Endangered