Snow Leopard | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Snow Leopard

Panthera uncia


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

With an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 Snow Leopards left in the wild, the IUCN conservation status is now classed as ‘vulnerable’ rather than ‘endangered’ following a worldwide conservation effort, however, numbers are still recognised as being in decline. These wonderful creatures prowl at high-altitudes ranging from 3,000 and 5,000 meters in the harsh terrains of Central Asia.

Native Range →

Himalayan mountains in central Asia and Tibetan plateau of China

Natural Habitat  →

Mountainous regions

Diet  →

Carnivorous: mainly blue sheep and Siberian ibex

Life Expectancy  →

In the wild: 15 years. In a zoo: Up to 20 years

Breeding  →

Gestation period: 3-3.5 months. Between 1-5 cubs

Group Name  →

Unknown

Active Hours  →

Dusk and dawn

Threats  →

Hunting / Poaching, Loss of habitat, Decline in prey

Fun fact

Their thick, massive tails help Snow Leopards maintain balance and are almost as long as their entire body.

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