Snow 2

Female at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The snow leopard’s (Uncia uncia) five-inch thick coat affords great protection from the cold. The coat also comes in handy as camouflage, helping the leopard blend in with the rocky terrain to hide from potential prey. Sadly, the beautiful coat also hinders the leopard’s survival, as poaching for the fur is one of its major threats.


  • Where to see them: Central Asia
  • Height: Up to 2 ft
  • Weight: 77 to 120 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 21 yrs in captivity
  • Habitat: Mountain regions, including grassland, scrubland, and open woodland
  • Diet: Primarily blue sheep and ibex; some other hoofed mammals, hares, rodents and birds
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)
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