Monday, June 4, 2007

Snow Leopard

Snow LeopardPerhaps the most beautiful of all big cats, the Snow Leopard is an amazing animal. Living at altitudes higher than those of most predators, the Snow Leopard creates a niche for itself in some of the most difficult terrains and hostile climates in the world.

Panthera Uncia, the Snow Leopard, is frequently grouped in small cats owing to its inability to roar, even as it is gifted a predator as any other felid. The cat is characterized by its nearly meter long tail that helps protect its face during extreme cold and enables it to balance itself while encountering adverse topography. The weight ranges from 80-130 lbs. Males are larger with a squarer face. The feet are bigger and furrier for its size relative to other cats, helping the leopard tread over snow. The coat is very attractive with thick fur and beautiful rosettes characteristic of leopards. In winter the coat gets more white than yellow.

Owing to inhospitable terrain and difficult habitats, Snow Leopards have evolved to be specialized predators and opportunistic hunters. They take a variety of prey, including animals much bigger than themselves.

Their leaping ability (45 feet) surpasses even that of the cougar enabling the marvelous cat to surprise its prey and encounter the hilly ranges of its territory. Distributed over a large mountainous terrain in South and Central Asia, Snow Leopards hunt a number of animals including boars, ibexes and rodents.

Conservation efforts over the past few decades have helped bring Snow Leopard population out of imminent threat of extinction. Numerous national parks and protection programs have sprouted in local countries with aim at boosting the numbers in wild, complemented by successful breeding in captivity. Numbers in the wild, though, hover around five to six thousand - the conservation status still being 'endangered'.

33 comments:

zevo calamari said...

You have such wonderful photos. Thanks so much for all the info.

zevo's pet human

Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

The snow leopard is my favorite so far! Thank you for coming to visit me. I would not be a good snow cat because i don't have much fur.
>(^,^)<

Lux said...

Those are gorgeous animals! Sort of like me (JUST kidding)!

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Wow, snow leopards are so beautiful!

Chairman Mao said...

Whatta big bee-yootiful ginormous kitty!

Karen Jo said...

Snow leopards are certainly beautiful animals. Leaping 45 feet is quite an accomplishment. So is bringing down wild boar. Those boars are tough and dangerous.

Daisy said...

Snow leopards sure do have beautiful coats!

HRH Yao-Lin said...

mm, snow leopards are beautiful. Baby Mao thinks they look like him. He is so dense sometimes! x

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Great photos. Great posts. Even as a child, mommy never understood people who wear fur. How can someone look at such gorgeous creatures and think they'd look better in the fur?
Thanks for sharing.
PS I'm a tough kitty, but this is about as close as I want to get to one of those cats!

Anonymous said...

I LIKE CATS ALOT

Anonymous said...

this told me alot about the snow leopard

Anonymous said...

i love it it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute

Anonymous said...

these cats are so endangered
hi aishwarya

Anonymous said...

you helped me with my project
thanx a lot :) :p

Anonymous said...

Why would people kill such BEAUTIFUL creatures JUSTfor their fur!!!!!!!!!!?????????????? Im against hunting something as BEAUTIFUL as that!!!
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Snow Leopard said...

My Favorite Cat

Anonymous said...

i love all big cats , this one has a snow-like fur very fashionable 'rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr'

Anonymous said...

people that hunt animal for fun,fur, or something else is twisted and wrong.how could anyone do that.im agianst it. Who would want to hunt beutiful animals.

Anonymous said...

doing a project on snow leopards for science have to agree there are some great pictures and great information, but not quit what im looking for.

Anonymous said...

thanks for all the info and pictures


ANONYMOUS

Anonymous said...

help with my school proj.

Anonymous said...

Snow Leopards are gorgeous but deadly like vampires no?

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your mom said...

SO awesome i have a pet sl

Anonymous said...

i heard that snow leopards could leap 50 feet into the air. Is it true?

Anonymous said...

Jesus is Lord!

Anonymous said...

Snow leopards are so cute looking kitty cats and i want one as my own pet to go allong with my Liger in my collection of big cats. I curently own a Bengal Tiger, Liger, Cougar, and a puma!!!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love snow leopards!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i love cats but i love jesus more

Anonymous said...

I AM RESEARCHING SOME ANIMALS

artur said...

my cat would love to see them a day !! please you are let me see picture
hokay?

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