Animal of the week!
This week’s animal is the Snow Leopard. The snow leopard is an endangered species that lives in the mountain ranges in central Asia. These big kitties can come in a range of sizes; they can weigh anywhere between 60 and 120 pounds, with a relatively small body 30-50 inches long and about 24 inches high. Their tail, which is super long relative to their body size, can reach between 31 and 39 inches. So their tail can be almost as long as their body! They can be anywhere from gray to yellow-tan in color, with dark gray or black spots all over their bodies. Despite being a big kitty, the snow leopard can’t roar; instead, it communicates via hissing, mewing, and growling. The diet of the snow leopard depends on where the cat is living and what time of the year it is. Snow leopards can eat anything from hares to birds to wild sheep. In the wild, these cats can live 15-18 years, and in captivity they can live up to 21 years. Since these are an endangered species (due to poaching and human destruction of the snow leopard’s habitat), there are a bunch of agencies out there working to help bring back the snow leopard from endangerment. They are protected in numerous areas. Here’s a website I found where you can “adopt” your own snow leopard, donate to the cause of saving these beautiful cats, and just generally learn more about them: http://www.snowleopard.org/