Snow Leopard

Panthera uncia

Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae


Weight (Males): 99-121 lbs
Weight (Females): 77-88 lbs


Snow Leopards are carnivores and prey on small and medium sized mammals such as hares, rodents, and even game birds.


Lifespan (Wild): 10-13 years
Lifespan (Captivity): 20-22 years

Habitat & Range

Snow leopards live in high-altitude mountainous terrains including cliffs, rocky outcrops, and ravines.

Interesting Facts

  • Snow Leopards have long fluffy tails that can be used for balance or as a blanket to cover their bodies against the cold. Their large feet act as snowshoes and help them walk on the cold ground.
  • Their long limbs help the Snow Leopards to leap long distances of 30-50 feet.
  • Also known as the “Ghost of the Mountain”, Snow Leopards can be hard to spot because of how well they blend into their natural environments.
  • Snow Leopards are more closely related to tigers than they are leopards.

At the Zoo

Southwick’s Zoo is home to two Snow Leopards. They are brother and sister.

Conservation Status