Snow Leopard

Central Asia
Cliffs and rocky slopes in forests
Wild sheep and goats, boars, and smaller mammals
39 to 51 inches long; about 24 inches tall at the shoulder
2 to 3 cubs are born in a rocky den in the springtime.
A snow leopard’s tail is almost as long as its body!

Can you guess why these predators are sometimes called “ghost cats?” Other types of leopards have orange or dark brown fur with black spots. The snow leopard’s smoky gray color and blurred black markings make it look very different from other leopards. But this unique coloring helps the cat blend into its stony, mountain habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows..


Snow leopards live at very high elevations in mountains where there are steep cliffs. The wild goats and sheep they preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. on are quite nimble at leaping from rock to rock—and so are snow leopards! The cat's huge paws have fur on the bottom that gives the leopard traction on the snow and protection from sharp rocks.


Snow leopards are solitaryLiving alone or with only one other animal, usually a mate, not in colonies or groups. and only seek out others of their kind during the breeding season. Although these cats are very shy and try to stay away from people, some humans hunt them for their beautiful coats.