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The snow leopard’s 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.

Did You Know?

Up to three feet long, the snow leopard's tail helps it to maintain balance while navigating steep and rocky slopes.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Uncia uncia

Central Asia

Mountain regions, including grassland, scrubland, and open woodland

2.5 – 4.9 ft (without tail)

14 years

Zoo Location:
Cat Canyon

Primarily blue sheep and ibex; some other hoofed mammals, hares, rodents and birds

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)