Essay about Snow Leopard

1293 Words Apr 6th, 2011 6 Pages
The Snow Leopard is an almost mythical animal. It is rarely seen and people believe that it is the guardian of the mountains. It is a symbol for some countries and it is often regarded as one of the most beautiful creatures that grace the earth. In the wild there are between 3,500 and 7,000. (Bailey, Jill) This number is not exact because Snow Leopards are very elusive and live in remote, harsh environments. In the zoos across the world there are about 600 Snow Leopards. (Bailey, Jill) The Snow Leopard lives for the most part in the high mountains of Central Asia. (Saving the Snow Leopard) They live in Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. (Scherer, …show more content…
The cubs become independent after 18-22 months. Snow Leopard cubs depend fully on their mothers for food. The winter is a difficult time for food. The snow leopard’s prey generally is scarce due to the lack of vegetation. Snow leopards generally live 15-18 years but can live up to 20 years in captivity. Snow leopards are neither considered to be big cats (Panthera) or small cats (felis). They are characterized as Uncia. (Scherer, Glenn) Many people are unfamiliar with the snow leopard. Due to its extreme living conditions and solitary nature there is very little footage of snow leopards in the wild. However, when one watched the footage of snow leopard hunting they are sure to be blown away by its grace and beauty. To protect endangered species like the snow leopards we must also protect their habitat. It is the people among the snow leopards that are capable of becoming the best guardians. One of the most important things that people can do to help out is to become an advocate for these endangered animals. (Saving the Snow Leopard) In order to do that one must learn about the species. There is no better way to do this than visiting a snow leopard. There are 600 in zoos worldwide and 236 are found in the United States. (Bailey, Jill) Many of these zoos offer informative exhibits on their animals. This is a good opportunity to learn more from the experts. Many experts agree that the snow leopard serves as a sensitive indicator or barometer of a

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