Snow leopard

Vulnerable

At the park we host Taja, the female, and Gabriel the male


Scientific name : Uncia uncia

Where do they live?

In the high mountains of central Asia, in central Siberia and in Altai.

Did you know?

Its tail is its main asset in the mountain
The snow leopard’s tail measures at least 75% of the length of its body, generally from 90 cm to 1 m. The tail helps the leopard keep its balance on dangerous ledges, and it works like a balance pole during ascents.

The snow leopard is a species of high-mountain solitary felines. It is very rare and difficult to observe them in their natural habitat. This earned them the nickname "ghost of the mountains".
Their habitat is inaccessible and immense: the leopard sometimes climb to elevations of 5500 m. Thanks to its broad chest and strong lungs, the low oxygen levels at high-altitudes are not an issue.
They are also very easily camouflaged. Their colours blend into the rocky landscape making it difficult to see them: their prey better watch out!
Today, the snow leopard is one of the ten most threatened species, with only 3,500 to 7,000 individuals in the wild. They are unfortunately still hunted for their beautiful fur.

Height

90 cm to 1.30 m.

Weight

Around 50 kg.

Prey

It can kill prey up to 3 times its weight.

Litter

1 to 4 offspring per litter.

Gestation period

100 days.

Life expectancy

15 years.

Keep up hope

Associations invested in conservation programmes in the field

Snow leopards sometimes attack herds of livestock. The financial situation of farmers in these regions is often precarious, and they are sometimes aggressive toward the predators of their herds. Aware of these issues, conservation associations help shepherds build protective pens if they commit to not killing the predators!