Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route Adventures South Africa
Snow Leopard
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The Snow Leopard is large felineof Southand central Asia having long thick whitish fur. It lives inthe difficult terrainand climate conditions of the Himalayas.

The Snow Leopard has no relation with the leopard - it is closer to a Cheetah.

The Snow Leopard has long thick fur varying in color from grey toa light tan.

The Snow leopard's spots:The snow leopard's rosettes are dark gray and they have smaller spots on their heads, legs and tail. Each snow leopard's spots are unique, similar to human fingerprints. The spots onthe head and neck of the snow leopards are very similar to that of Jaguars

The color of the eyes of the Snow Leopardare pale green or gray.

The pawsare wide which distributes their weight better for walking on snow.

The Snow Leopard is incapable of roaring.

Snow Leopard weigh up to 75 kg

They can reach a speed of up to 37 mph (60 km/hr).

Sarnivnow leopards are carnivorous eating mainly sheep, wild boar, marmots and other small rodents.

The long tail of the snow leopard helps them to maintain their balance on rocky or slippery terrain

The Snow Leopard is a solitary creature.

The Snow Leopard is able to jump as far as 50 feet (15 meters).

The litter size is 2-3 cubs and the females gives birth in rocky dens lined with her fur.

A female on heat attracts males by the smell of her urine.

The Snow Leopard molts twice a year.

The Snow Leopard is listed by the International Union for Conservationof Nature (IUCN) as 'endangered'



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