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Mammals

Snow
Leopard

Vulnerable

Decreasing

Snow Leopard

Panthera uncia

The snow leopard is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because the global population is estimated to number less than 10,000 mature individuals and is expected to decline about 10% by 2040. It is threatened by poaching and habitat destruction following infrastructural developments. It inhabits alpine and sub-alpine zones at elevations from 3,000 to 4,500 m (9,800 to 14,800 ft), ranging from eastern Afghanistan, the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau, to southern Siberia, Mongolia, and western China. In the countries in the northern part of its range, it also lives at lower elevations.

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Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    তুষার চিতা
  • Hindi:
    हिम तेन्दुआ
  • Kannada:
    ಹಿಮ ಚಿರತೆ
  • Malayalam:
    ഹിമപ്പുലി
  • Marathi:
    हिमबिबट्या
  • Punjabi:
    ਬਰਫ਼ੀਲਾ ਤੇਂਦੂਆ
  • Tamil:
    பனிச்சிறுத்தை
  • Telugu:
    మంచు చిరుత
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Panthera uncia

Quick Facts
  • It is a state animal of Himachal Pradesh.
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