Snow leopard portrait

Snow leopard

Snow leopards are exceptional athletes capable of making huge leaps over ravines. They are highly adapted to their harsh environment in the mountainous areas of central Asia, with long, thick body hair, a woolly belly and enlarged nasal cavities which heat inhaled cold air. Snow leopards are critically endangered since their fur was once highly prized and their natural prey has declined. They can bring down prey three times their own size, but on average only kill one large animal twice a month.

Scientific name: Uncia uncia

Rank: Species

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Snow leopard taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Snow leopard can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Himalayas, Russia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Snow leopard distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Endangered

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

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