Ten Things We Love About Snow Leopards

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Ten Things We Love About Snow Leopards

It’s no secret we are obsessed with Snow Leopards. We think they are amazing and we are not the only ones. The World Wildlife Fund recently published this list of ten facts about the noble Snow Leopard. Known for their secrecy, Snow Leopards are one of the hardiest creatures on the planet, capable of surviving the extreme elements in the high altitude, mountainous regions of Central Asia. They are the reason we do what we do every day.

 

There are up to 6,000 Snow Leopards in the wild, but numbers are gradually declining, with hunting and habitat loss just some of the factors endangering them. According to the WWF, Snow Leopard numbers have declined by at least 20% over the past 20 years.

 

How many of these WWF Snow Leopard facts do you already know? 

 

Fact 1: They're up to 125 cm long

Snow leopards are between 86-125cm long - and that's not including the tail! They weigh between 22-52kg, but males will be around a third larger than females. 

 

Fact 2: They have their own snow shoes

Snow leopards have wide, fur-covered feet that act as natural snowshoes. These help to distribute their weight over soft snow and protect the soles from the freezing cold. 

 

Fact 3: Snow Leopards use their tails like scarves

Snow leopard's tails are thought to help them balance, but they also wrap them around themselves to keep warm. 

 

Fact 4: Snow Leopards can't roar

Unlike other big cats - like lions and tigers - Snow Leopards can't roar. 

 

Fact 5: They can jump up to nine metres

Some Snow Leopards have been known to leap up to nine metres - that's six times their body length. 

 

Fact 6: Snow Leopards are born in fur lined dens

Snow Leopards first reproduce at around two and a half years old. Usually two or three cubs are born in spring or early summer in a well-concealed den lined with the mother's fur. 

 

Fact 7: Snow Leopards are born blind

Cubs are born blind and don't gain their sight until they're nine days old. They are fully active by two months old and stay with their mother until they're two years old. By this time, they're fully independent. 

 

Fact 8: Snow Leopards live very high up in the mountains

Snow Leopards are sparsely distributed across 12 countries from southern Siberia to the Tibetan Plateau. They live at high altitudes, usually at elevations of 3,000 to 4,500 metres - but they've been seen above 5,500 metres in the Himalayas.

 

Fact 9: They hunt animals three times their size

Snow Leopards can kill prey weighing as much as three times their own body weight. Snow leopard's main prey are the ibex, blue sheep and Himalayan tahr. One blue sheep will provide a Snow Leopard with enough food for a week. 

 

Fact 10: Their tails are nearly as long as they are

Snow Leopard tails are between 80 to 105 centimetres long. 

 

 

 

Visit WWF for this and more fascinating knowledge about this elusive creature. 

 

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The Snow Leopard Trust is the world's largest organization in the study and protection of the endangered Snow Leopard. 15% of all our profits go directly to the Trust to help them on their mission.

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