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In The Central Park Zoo I Have Seen ... a Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia)

Zoo collection will include: Two females and one male (Chocolate, Zoe and Bo).

Found in the wild: Central Asia - Mountain grasslands, scrub, and open forest

See Them at the Central Park Zoo: At the top most portion of the temperate zone, north of the red pandas.

Description: Snow leopards are well adapted to the cold climate of their homeland. They have long body hair with an under-layer of dense fur that can be up to five inches thick. This plush coat is colored to blend in with the snowy, rocky surroundings: gray and white with black spots. They have a well-developed chest, short forelimbs, and a three-foot-long tail that helps them keep their balance. Snow leopards stand about two feet tall. Males weigh up to 120 pounds, while females are somewhat smaller, weighing up to 90 pounds. They have a relatively small head with a short, broad nose that has a large nasal cavity that passes cold air through and warms it. Huge paws have fur on the bottom that protects and cushions their feet for walking, climbing, and jumping. The furry paws also give the cat great traction on snow. Short, well-developed front legs and chest muscles help with balance when climbing. The snow leopard's incredibly long and beautiful tail also helps with balance and is sometimes as long as the cat's body. Smoky gray and blurred black markings provide the snow leopard with superb camouflage in the mountains.

you can find his friend Ida, The Polar Bears in my gallery ..

BrAlm .

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