WEFOUNDSnow leopard (Snow Leopard) (Kodansha Paperback) (1992) ISBN: 4061852906 Japanese Import


The gestation period of the snow leopard ranges between 93 and 110 days. Usually two to four cubs are born at a time in June or July. While they can have a litter of up to seven, this is not sustainable in the wild. The mother takes sole responsibility for the care of her young, as the male will leave within a week of mating. Infants will not open their eyes until they are around a week old, and do not consume solid food until they are about two months of age. Once they are three months old, they can begin to venture outside of their den to follow their mother and learn how to hunt.

Snow leopards live at extremely high elevations. These contain harsh conditions in which to live. The size of an individual snow leopard's territory ranges from 12-39 km 2 with a great deal of overlapping regions. Territory is marked with scrapings and scents. Snow leopards will dig out depressions with their hind paws and urinate or defecate into them to mark a region. Before a female snow leopard gives birth, she seeks out a sheltered den site that can be a safe place for her cubs as they grow up. The cubs spend the early part of their lives there. They are ready to leave and seek out their own home range when they are between 18 and 22 months old.

Snow leopards are solitary animals, so any hierarchical structure that existed would be much looser than seen in other species. There is some sexual dimorphism in the species. Males are roughly 30% larger than females, on average. Males weigh between 90 and 115 lbs, while females weigh between 75 and 90. Male and female snow leopards are equally capable of the tasks necessary for survival, and the female takes care of her young as well.

Snow leopards primarily hunt wild sheep and goats. Snow leopards are also known to eat smaller animals like rodents, hares and game birds.

Snow leopards have very large paws that act as snowshoes and keep them from sinking into the snow. Their paws are also completely fur-covered, protecting them from the cold.

Very rare in most of their range, an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards are left in the wild, with 600 - 700 in zoos around the world. Exact numbers in the wild have not been determined due to the snow leopard’s shy nature.

At the beginning of August, we asked you to help us #SaveSnowLeopards by signing our petition and letting the 12 leaders of snow leopard regions know that urgent action must be taken to save these majestic cats. Now, we can give you the good news from the International Snow Leopard summit in Kyrgyzstan.

The Government of Nepal has made conservation history by becoming the FIRST country to launch its climate-smart snow leopard landscape management plan. It's so encouraging to see the high level of commitment Nepal has for protecting these beautiful big cats and their habitat. Their management plan will be used as a model for other range countries to adopt.

We also handed over the 200,000 petition signatures that came in from all over the world.  Not only that, but we got some big names involved in sharing the urgency of this situation including Leonardo DiCaprio , Dia Mirza and Megan Fox. These cats may be elusive and solitary, but now they have a whole global network of supporters.

The gestation period of the snow leopard ranges between 93 and 110 days. Usually two to four cubs are born at a time in June or July. While they can have a litter of up to seven, this is not sustainable in the wild. The mother takes sole responsibility for the care of her young, as the male will leave within a week of mating. Infants will not open their eyes until they are around a week old, and do not consume solid food until they are about two months of age. Once they are three months old, they can begin to venture outside of their den to follow their mother and learn how to hunt.

Snow leopards live at extremely high elevations. These contain harsh conditions in which to live. The size of an individual snow leopard's territory ranges from 12-39 km 2 with a great deal of overlapping regions. Territory is marked with scrapings and scents. Snow leopards will dig out depressions with their hind paws and urinate or defecate into them to mark a region. Before a female snow leopard gives birth, she seeks out a sheltered den site that can be a safe place for her cubs as they grow up. The cubs spend the early part of their lives there. They are ready to leave and seek out their own home range when they are between 18 and 22 months old.

Snow leopards are solitary animals, so any hierarchical structure that existed would be much looser than seen in other species. There is some sexual dimorphism in the species. Males are roughly 30% larger than females, on average. Males weigh between 90 and 115 lbs, while females weigh between 75 and 90. Male and female snow leopards are equally capable of the tasks necessary for survival, and the female takes care of her young as well.

Snow leopards primarily hunt wild sheep and goats. Snow leopards are also known to eat smaller animals like rodents, hares and game birds.

Snow leopards have very large paws that act as snowshoes and keep them from sinking into the snow. Their paws are also completely fur-covered, protecting them from the cold.

Very rare in most of their range, an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards are left in the wild, with 600 - 700 in zoos around the world. Exact numbers in the wild have not been determined due to the snow leopard’s shy nature.

At the beginning of August, we asked you to help us #SaveSnowLeopards by signing our petition and letting the 12 leaders of snow leopard regions know that urgent action must be taken to save these majestic cats. Now, we can give you the good news from the International Snow Leopard summit in Kyrgyzstan.

The Government of Nepal has made conservation history by becoming the FIRST country to launch its climate-smart snow leopard landscape management plan. It's so encouraging to see the high level of commitment Nepal has for protecting these beautiful big cats and their habitat. Their management plan will be used as a model for other range countries to adopt.

We also handed over the 200,000 petition signatures that came in from all over the world.  Not only that, but we got some big names involved in sharing the urgency of this situation including Leonardo DiCaprio , Dia Mirza and Megan Fox. These cats may be elusive and solitary, but now they have a whole global network of supporters.

According to the IUCN Red List snow leopards are believed to have declined by at least 20% over the past 16 years due to habitat and prey base loss, as well as poaching and persecution. Losses to poaching were most severe in the former Russian republics during the 1990s. Conditions there have improved marginally for the animal but the illegal trade is estimated to be continuing as demand for body parts from China is growing. Some countries have designated snow leopard areas as National Parks. However often these are too small to conserve viable snow leopard populations, as there are not enough prey animals in the area for them to feed on.

Also it must be remembered, even if there is an estimate of snow leopard numbers still in the thousands, many live in such small populations, cut off from prospective mates by human populations, war zones and geography, that it is unlikely they will breed and reproduce.

The fur is beautiful, long and thick, the base color of which varies from smokey gray to yellowish tan, with whitish underparts. The dark gray to black round markings are called rosettes and these are also on the head and legs and tail. Each snow leopard’s markings are subtly different and this is one way that researchers can tell them apart. Sadly the beauty of this fur is one reason the animal is endangered as it is often hunted for its pelt to be made into coats, although this is illegal in all range countries.

The gestation period of the snow leopard ranges between 93 and 110 days. Usually two to four cubs are born at a time in June or July. While they can have a litter of up to seven, this is not sustainable in the wild. The mother takes sole responsibility for the care of her young, as the male will leave within a week of mating. Infants will not open their eyes until they are around a week old, and do not consume solid food until they are about two months of age. Once they are three months old, they can begin to venture outside of their den to follow their mother and learn how to hunt.

Snow leopards live at extremely high elevations. These contain harsh conditions in which to live. The size of an individual snow leopard's territory ranges from 12-39 km 2 with a great deal of overlapping regions. Territory is marked with scrapings and scents. Snow leopards will dig out depressions with their hind paws and urinate or defecate into them to mark a region. Before a female snow leopard gives birth, she seeks out a sheltered den site that can be a safe place for her cubs as they grow up. The cubs spend the early part of their lives there. They are ready to leave and seek out their own home range when they are between 18 and 22 months old.

Snow leopards are solitary animals, so any hierarchical structure that existed would be much looser than seen in other species. There is some sexual dimorphism in the species. Males are roughly 30% larger than females, on average. Males weigh between 90 and 115 lbs, while females weigh between 75 and 90. Male and female snow leopards are equally capable of the tasks necessary for survival, and the female takes care of her young as well.

Snow leopards primarily hunt wild sheep and goats. Snow leopards are also known to eat smaller animals like rodents, hares and game birds.

Snow leopards have very large paws that act as snowshoes and keep them from sinking into the snow. Their paws are also completely fur-covered, protecting them from the cold.

Very rare in most of their range, an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards are left in the wild, with 600 - 700 in zoos around the world. Exact numbers in the wild have not been determined due to the snow leopard’s shy nature.

The gestation period of the snow leopard ranges between 93 and 110 days. Usually two to four cubs are born at a time in June or July. While they can have a litter of up to seven, this is not sustainable in the wild. The mother takes sole responsibility for the care of her young, as the male will leave within a week of mating. Infants will not open their eyes until they are around a week old, and do not consume solid food until they are about two months of age. Once they are three months old, they can begin to venture outside of their den to follow their mother and learn how to hunt.

Snow leopards live at extremely high elevations. These contain harsh conditions in which to live. The size of an individual snow leopard's territory ranges from 12-39 km 2 with a great deal of overlapping regions. Territory is marked with scrapings and scents. Snow leopards will dig out depressions with their hind paws and urinate or defecate into them to mark a region. Before a female snow leopard gives birth, she seeks out a sheltered den site that can be a safe place for her cubs as they grow up. The cubs spend the early part of their lives there. They are ready to leave and seek out their own home range when they are between 18 and 22 months old.

Snow leopards are solitary animals, so any hierarchical structure that existed would be much looser than seen in other species. There is some sexual dimorphism in the species. Males are roughly 30% larger than females, on average. Males weigh between 90 and 115 lbs, while females weigh between 75 and 90. Male and female snow leopards are equally capable of the tasks necessary for survival, and the female takes care of her young as well.


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