5 Interesting Facts About Snow Leopards

This is a snow leopard showing off its sharp teeth

This is a snow leopard showing off its sharp teeth

Today is my dad’s birthday, so I am writing about one of his favourite animals, the snow leopard.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These beautiful cats grow to about 1.3 metres long and have a thick fluffy tail that is about a metre long.  Despite their name and spots, they are probably more closely related to tigers than leopards.
  2. Snow leopards are amazing athletes and can jump up to 15 metres (50 feet) long.
  3. They live in cold mountainous areas and are very well suited for their habitat, with long fur for the cold and wide paws for climbing in the snow.  They can use their tail as a blanket to keep them warm when they sleep.
  4. Snow leopards are excellent hunters and can catch prey up to 3 times their weight.  They ambush their prey from above and kill with a bite to the back of the neck.  They eat bharals, markhors, Himalayan tahrs, ibex, urials, gorals, and various species of deer, monkeys, rabbits, small mammals and livestock.  They can also catch birds.  A single large animal can keep them fed for a couple of weeks.
  5. These amazing cats are sadly endangered and are found in the central Asian countries of Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.  2015 is considered the Year of the Snow Leopard to raise awareness and help save this special animal.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about snow leopards?

Similar species:

Siberian Tiger

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