Powerful, captivating and incredibly vulnerable to threats like poaching, loss of prey and conflict with people. Help us protect this endangered big cat.

The threats to snow leopards

How you’re helping snow leopards

How your adoption can help snow leopards

More about snow leopards

The elegant snow leopard is one of the world’s most elusive cats. Solitary creatures, they usually hunt at dawn and dusk. They’re successful predators, able to kill prey up to three times their own weight.

Scientific name
Panthera uncia
Location
Kangchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA), Nepal
Habitat
Steep terrain, broken by cliffs, rocky outcrops and ravines. They live at high altitudes, usually at elevations of 3,000—4,500 metres, although they occasionally go above 5,500 metres in the Himalayas.
Wild population
As few as 4,000 are thought to remain in the wild.
Extinction risk
Endangered
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As top predators, snow leopards’ favoured prey are the mountain sheep and goats that share their habitat. These herbivores graze on the sparse alpine plants of the region. Without the snow leopard, there would be too many herbivores, which would overgraze and degrade habitat, leaving no food for other wildlife.

The snow leopard’s habitat also provides important resources for the many people who live there – from food and medicine to wood for shelter, heat and fuel. By helping to protect the snow leopard, we’re helping to conserve its environment for the benefit of people and nature.