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Animals & Habitats
Snow Leopoard
Scientific Name
Uncia uncia
Central Asia
Conservation Status

Ghost in the Mountains

Snow leopards are quite elusive. They are typically solitary except for breeding seasons and offspring rearing. Offspring will stay with their mother for up to two years before emigrating.

Opportunistic Predator

Snow leopards are carnivorous and primarily stalk and hunt for Blue Sheep as their favored meal. However, they will consume other ungulates, birds and small mammals. The Snow Leopard employs the stalk and ambush method of hunting.

Communication Methods

Claw raking trunks of trees, scraping through substrates, urinating on trees and rocky outcroppings along with head rubbing are methods snow leopards utilize to communicate with one another and mark out their territories. This method of communication is heightened during breeding season.