Mysterious, fantastic, and amazing!: The Snow Leopard is all of these. The Snow Leopard is being hunted for its rare, beautiful fur, its numbers are now near disappearing.
Body length: 100-150cm
Tail length: 80-100cm
Weight: Male:45-55kg / Female:35-40kg
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
High mountains, like those in Central Asia and the Himalayan range.
The Snow Leopard eats goats, sheep, rabbits and birds. It can catch prey over 3 times its own weight!
In order to live comfortably in cold and snowy climates, the Snow Leopard grows fur even on the bottom of its feet. It springs upon its prey with a strong, speedy jump!
The Mysterious Animal of Legend
Snow Leopards live high in the mountains, in dangerous, inaccessible places where people almost never visit. And they don't form prides, and live apart from one another. They are very hard to find. 40 years ago, the first wild snow leopard was photographed. This is why they are called "mysterious" and "amazing"!
Hunted for their rare and beautiful fur
At one time, the Snow Leopard was nearly hunted into disappearance for its fur. Its rare, beautiful fur could sell for a very high price. Now, conservation actions, for the Snow Leopard's numbers are slowly becoming popular. Sadly, the hunters kill the leopard for its fur, and some leopards are killed by people to protect domestic goats.
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