Snow Leopard: Uncia Uncia
Distribution and Habitat
Mountains of central Asia, parts of Siberia and the Himalayan Mountains, usually above 8,000 feet.
The snow leopard inhabits rocky mountain sides above the tree line and usually below the snow line.
The fur coloration is whitish or grayish with a pattern of dark and indistinct rosettes on the upper parts. Well adapted to living in harsh climate, the snow leopard’s long, thick coat is two inches thick along the back and tail and four inches thick on the belly to protect it from the cold. The feet are large and fur covered to help in locomotion across snow.
Snow leopards will wrap their tails around their face when sleeping in the winter to avoid frostbite.
There are only between 4,000 and 6,500 snow leopards left in the wild.
It has been hunted for its fur and shot because it kills livestock.