Snow LeopardPanthera 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.
- 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.