The Himalayan Mountains reach about five miles high reaching out of the air toward space. In these high altitudes live relics of an ancient ancestor, the Snow Leopard. They are seldom seen and their lives have long been a mystery. They are very rare and listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red list of threatened species. They are found in the high altitudes (9,800 to 14,800 ft) of the Himalayas in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and some even parts of Russia and Mongolia. The snow leopard population in the wild is estimated to be less 6000 and around 600 in captivity across the world. The population is declining in the wild as there is simply not enough prey to sustain more.
Their remarkably wide feet act as snowshoes to distribute their weight evenly and keep the cat from sinking too deep. They live solitary life, but communicate among one another by rubbing on particular rocks with their cheeks and spray them with their urine. Each one has it own signature.
They are ambush hunters and like to sneak up and attack from above thereby sending their prey on a wild chase down the mountainside. They are capable of leaping anywhere from 20-50 feet and their long tail helps them maintain balance on uneven terrain.
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