Snow Leopard

Panthera uncia

Kitted out for the cold

Snow leopards aren’t bothered by icy temperatures. They have very thick fur that can grow up to
12 cm long in the winter. The pads on their paws are also furry, which keeps them warm and stops them sinking into the snow. The leopards use their bushy tails as a blanket when sleeping.


  • Origin

    Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Nepal

  • Habitat

    mountainous meadows and rocky regions up to 5,500 metres above sea level

  • Diet

    Wild goats and sheep, hares, marmots, birds

  • Status


  • Size

    1,1 m

  • Weight

    approx. 30 to 40 kg

  • Gestation period

    93 to 110 days

  • Achievable age

    approx. 15 to 20 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

In a vulnerable position

This is another cat species threatened by loss of habitat. Human activity – house and roadbuilding, livestock farming, mining – is destroying the leopards’ home and wiping out their prey.

Did you know?

A snow leopard can catch prey that weighs three times as much as itself.
Their fur is very thick to protect them from the cold. Some areas of skin
have 4,000 hairs per cm². (Humans have around 310 hairs per cm²).

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