Top Ten Facts About Snow Leopards

Snow Leopards are amazing creatures and the fact that they are in the top 20 animals in the Best Animals list means that they are loved by many people as well. They are native to Central Asia and there are about six thousand leopards in the wild and the numbers are declining. Please do make efforts to protect snow leopards of today!

The Top Ten

1 Snow Leopards are endangered species because of the demand for their fur. A single coat of leopard fur would cost you more than $60,000. Snow Leopards  are endangered species because of the demand for their fur. A single coat of leopard fur would cost you more than $60,000. The snow leopard is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. The name "Snow Leopard" is due to its white fur, and the black spots dotted over it.

Wow. That's so expensive - Neonco31

WOW - micahisthebest

2 Snow Leopards are mostly not categorized as big cats mainly due to the fact that they purr and not roar. Unlike big cats, Snow leopards eat in a crouching position.

Genetically, the snow leopard's closest relative is the tiger. They both belong to the big cat genus Panthera. A 'little big cat', perhaps. - Crwth

I like them - they are so beautiful. - Metal_Treasure

3 Snow leopards produce two to five offspring at a time and the males develop much faster than the females.
4 Snow Leopards were killed and captured for their fur which was used in the manufacture of bags and coats. Their bones and other body parts were used for medicine in many Asian countries.

Why are people hurting them or any other animals? - 906389

5 The lifespan of a Snow leopard cannot be determined in the wild because of its solitary nature. In captivity, its life span is 21 years.
6 Due to their solitary nature, its very difficult to determine their population but its approximated that there are about 4000-7500 Snow Leopards.
7 These leopards prefer extreme cold weather, steeper terrains, steeper slopes and
8 As Snow Leopards age, they often have a medical condition of bladder stones.
9 Snow leopards mainly feed on goats and wild sheep and also on smaller animals like rodents and birds.
10 No documented case of a Snow Leopard ever killing a human

The Contenders

11 Snow leopards mate with different males through life
12 Their scientific name is Panthera uncia

That's why the snow leopard is also known as an "ounce". - Crwth

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