Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Snow leopard is a large predator from the cat family that is rather shy towards people, it may attack a man only in rare situations. People, on the contrary, are not shy to break the law and kill these animals and use their fur for making carpets and coats.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

The animal mostly lives in the mountains of Central Asia. It has an unusual and beautiful mottled coat.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Snow leopard is an endangered animal, it is added to the Red List. Hunting for snow leopards is forbidden by law.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

But some people do not care…

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

In early twentieth century it was legal to kill up to 1000 per year . By 1910 the number of skins was approximately 750 pieces, since then it has only decreased.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Experts still cannot say how may snow leopards have remained in Central Asia.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

The fur of the animal is highly valuable today. This attracts poachers.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Long and thick hair of the animal may reach 55 cm on the back, it protects the snow leopard from cold.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

The main food for the animal is hoofed mammals. It may hunt for the prey bigger than itself.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Male leopards are significantly bigger than female ones.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Females normally have cubs once every two years.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

A newborn cub is blind and very smal, only 500 grams, and 30 centimeters long.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

Snow leopards live thirteen years or so in the wild and twenty one years in captivity.

Following the Traces of Snow Leopards

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For Kazakh people the snow leopard is a totem animal.

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