Snow leopards are a central Asian species, preferring the high altitudes of mountain ranges like the Himalayas. Their habitat includes Afghanistan, Tibet, Russia, China, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan, India and Pakistan.
Snow leopards may be found in flatter terrain if there is sufficient cover from vegetation. This is particularly true in Russia, where they are generally found at lower elevations. They are also found in the Gobi desert, which is renowned for being high altitude and dry, with extreme shifts in temperature. Snow leopard habitats are overall distinguished by being cold, arid and harsh. They deal with these difficult conditions by being highly nomadic. This allows them to find prey even when prey density is low.Learn More
Snow leopards are powerful predators that are only hunted by humans. While snow leopards are sometimes killed by humans for their meat, they are more often killed by poachers who sell the animal's fur, bones and other body parts to collectors and traditional Asian medicine practitioners.Full Answer >
A number of reasons have combined to endanger snow leopards. Hunting, climate change and farm land encroaching on their habitat are among the major reasons for their population decline.Full Answer >
The nine subspecies of leopards are native to different regions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and India. Their geographical range includes countries in Africa, such as Gabon and Kenya. Leopards can also live in regions of China, Sri Lanka, Korea and from the Middle East to Russia.Full Answer >
Leopards have a lifespan of up to 21 years in captivity. Leopards are apex predators, which means they are at the top of the food chain. Their only predators are humans, who hunt them for their fur, whiskers, claws and tails.Full Answer >