Known throughout the world for its beautiful fur and elusive behavior, the endangered snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is found in the rugged mountains of Central Asia. Snow leopards are perfectly adapted to the cold, barren landscape of their high-altitude home, but human threats have created an uncertain future for the cats. Despite a range of over 2 million km2, there are only between 4,000 and 6,500 snow leopards left in the wild.
Learn about the snow leopard’s unique physical features and solitary behavior in the wild. Explore the life cycle of a snow leopard from cub to adult, their hunting techniques and main prey species. Discover snow leopard habitat and the threats and protections these cats encounter in the wild, or take an in-depth look at a year in the life of a snow leopard.
For a brief look at key snow leopard facts, our Cat Fact Sheet is available in multiple languages: