Snow leopard
British pronunciation/snˈəʊ lˈɛpəd/
American pronunciation/snˈoʊ lˈɛpɚd/

a large, elusive, and endangered big cat species known for its unique beauty, adapted for life in high-altitude mountainous regions of Central Asia

What is a "snow leopard"?


The snow leopard, also known as the "ghost of the mountains," is a stunningly beautiful and elusive big cat species found in the rugged, high-altitude regions of Central Asia. Its thick, luxurious fur is pale gray or smoky white, covered with striking black spots and rosettes that provide excellent camouflage in its rocky habitat. The snow leopard has a powerful build, with a stocky body, long tail, and large, padded paws that allow it to move gracefully and silently through its harsh environment. It has large, expressive eyes and a distinctive, short, broad face with a flattened nose, all of which contribute to its unique appearance. The snow leopard is known for its solitary and elusive nature, making it a challenge to study and observe in the wild. It is also a highly endangered species, with a declining population due to habitat loss, poaching, and other threats, making conservation efforts crucial for its survival.

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