Rishika 5

Snow Leopard

Though itโ€™s called a leopardโ€”and certainly resembles a frosted version of those spotted habituรฉs of more equatorial regionsโ€”the snow leopard is actually more closely related to the tiger, at least per genetic analysis.

These spotted leopards live in the mountains across a vast range of Asia. They are insulated by thick hairโ€”in shades ofย gray or creamy yellowย and covered with grayish black spotsโ€”and their wide, fur-covered feetย act as natural snowshoes. Snow leopards have powerful legs and are tremendous jumpers, able to leapย as far as 50 feet. Theseย big catsย use their long tails for balance and as blankets to cover sensitive body parts against the severe mountain chill. They areย shy and reclusive, and rarely seen in the wild.Snow leopardsย can be foundย throughout high mountain ranges, including the Himalayas and the southern Siberian mountains in Russia. They can also be found in the Tibetan Plateau and acrossย a rangeย that stretches from China to the mountains of Central Asia. Theyย preferย steep, rugged terrain with rocky outcrops where prey can be hard to come by. Thatโ€™s why these carnivores require an enormous amount of space to roam: Male leopards require up to 80 square milesโ€”an area bigger thanย three Manhattansโ€”while females have ranges of up to 48 square miles.