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Photographed at Mogo Zoo on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, where they have successful breeding programs for several endangered species.

In the wild, these beautiful gray leopards live in the mountains of Central Asia. They are insulated by thick hair, and their wide, fur-covered feet act as natural snowshoes. These cats have powerful legs and are tremendous leapers, able to jump as far as 50 feet (15 meters). Snow leopards use their long tails for balance and as blankets to cover sensitive body parts against the severe mountain chill.

Snow leopards prey upon the blue sheep (bharal) of Tibet and the Himalayas, and mountain ibex found over most of the rest of their range. Though these powerful predators can kill animals three times their weight, they also eat smaller fare, such as marmots, hares, and game birds.

One Indian snow leopard, protected and observed in a national park, is reported to have consumed five blue sheep, nine Tibetan woolly hares, twenty-five marmots, five domestic goats, one domestic sheep, and fifteen birds in a single year.

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As these numbers indicate, snow leopards sometimes have a taste for domestic animals, which has led to many deaths of the big cats at the hands of herders.

These endangered cats appear to be in dramatic decline because of such killings, and due to poaching driven by illegal trades in pelts and in body parts used for traditional Chinese medicine. Vanishing habitat and the decline of the cats’ large mammal prey are also contributing factors.

Source : National Geographic.

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    wow awesome,

  • That was quick Scott, thanks so much.
    I took this on a fairly recent visit to the Zoo with my grandchildren during their school holidays. The Leopard was wide awake and taking quite a lot of interest in what was going on around her. She is so beautiful!

    – Trish Meyer

  • rain-dogs
    rain-dogsabout 5 years ago

    a truly magnificent creature and beautifully captured….interesting info too

  • Thanks so much for your lovely comments. She was being quite cooperative on that day, almost talking to us.

    – Trish Meyer

  • P.S. Thanks also for the fave.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful

  • Thanks so much Ann, she is lovely isn’t she.

    – Trish Meyer

  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanabout 5 years ago

    What a regal pose! Beautiful!

  • Gemma, thanks so much for visiting, commenting and adding this to your favourites. Much appreciation!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    She is gorgeous Trish, nice work

  • Thanks so much for your lovely comments Larry. She is stunning.

    – Trish Meyer

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful shot of a gorgeous animal, great narrative too ;) TK ♥

  • Thanks so much for your comments and fave. Much appreciated.
    National Geographic gets the credit for most of the narrative. Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • RRoca
    RRocaabout 5 years ago

    Wow…gorgeous capture.

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Much appreciated.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 5 years ago

    Your welcome

  • greenstone
    greenstoneabout 5 years ago

    wow!!! stunning shot!

  • Thanks so much for your wonderful comments.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Luca Renoldi
    Luca Renoldiabout 5 years ago

    extraordinary!!

  • Luca, thank you so much for your comment.

    – Trish Meyer

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