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Snow Leopard Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Uncia uncia
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Carnivora
  • Range

    Snow leopards inhabit Central Asian mountain ranges from China to the Himalayas.

  • Habitat

    This big predator lives in mountain forests at elevations ranging from 4,000-12,000 feet. They often retreat to lower elevations during winter.

  • Niche

    An agile species, the snow leopard can make leaps over great distances to ambush prey. Sheep, boar, deer, rodents and other small mammals make up the bulk of the predator's diet.

  • Life History

    The snow leopard is largely solitary, coming together only to breed. An average litter includes two-three cubs. The mother gives birth in a shelter lined with her own fur, and the cubs remain secluded for up to three months before venturing out. Young remain dependent on their mother for another year after leaving the den.

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