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Snow leopard

  1. 1. Snow Leopard By Jacques Tucker
  2. 2. The Animal I Chose and Why I Chose it. <ul><li>I chose the Snow Leopard. </li></ul><ul><li>I chose the Snow Leopard because its my 2nd favorite animal. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Do They Look Like? <ul><li>They’re white, yellowish, or smoky-gray with spots and rosettes. It has fur all over its body and its tail is nearly as long has its body. </li></ul><ul><li>The snow leopards shoulders are about 24in or 60cm tall. From their head to the tip of their tail is 6-7.5ft or 1.8-2.3m. </li></ul><ul><li>When cubs are born they weigh .71- 1.56 lbs, gaining .11lbs everyday. </li></ul><ul><li>Normally they weigh 77-121 lbs. A petite female weighs 55 lbs and a large male weighs 165 lbs. Males usually weigh 30% more than females. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are its Classifications? <ul><li>Domain: Eukaryote- Has a membrane-bound nucleus </li></ul><ul><li>Kingdom: Animalia- Multicellular, heterotrophic </li></ul><ul><li>Phylum: Chordata- It has a spinal chord </li></ul><ul><li>Class: Mammalia- Its has hair all over its body, warm blooded, feeds its offspring with milk from its body </li></ul><ul><li>Order:Carnivora- Meat eater </li></ul><ul><li>Family:Felidae- It’s a cat </li></ul><ul><li>Genus: Panthera- Molecular studies show similarities </li></ul><ul><li>Species: Uncia- Panthera unciais the scientific name for the snow leopard </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where do They Live? <ul><li>They Live in Central Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>They Afganhanistan, Bhutan, China, Asia, Monogolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Uzbehistan and 3 other places. </li></ul><ul><li>They have cold snowy weather. </li></ul><ul><li>They live in a cold and dry climate. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What do They Eat? <ul><li>Most Important Meal is Blue Sheep and Asiatic Ibex. </li></ul><ul><li>Most commonly Eaten is sheep and goats. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat marmots, pikas, hares, small rodents, and game birds like the Tibet a snowcock and chukor partridge. </li></ul><ul><li>Their Carnivores. </li></ul><ul><li>They kill large animal twice a month on average. </li></ul><ul><li>They also eat plant material during the mating season. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Its Predators and Threats <ul><li>Poaching is an illegal hunting for the fur trade, and trade in bones for traditional Asian medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of their pray </li></ul><ul><li>Snow leopards can be kill by herders. </li></ul><ul><li>Their lack of habitat- people moving in the snow leopards range causing them to have to become isolated. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of protection- Many of the protected areas are to small to even be a home for one snow leopard. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of awareness and support- the herders don’t know that the snow leopard is an important element of the ecosystem. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Adaptations <ul><li>Thick furry tail that can wrap around their body and face like a scarf. </li></ul><ul><li>Long fur with wooly undergrowth. </li></ul><ul><li>Enlarged nasal cavity so they can breath the mountain air. </li></ul><ul><li>Their feet act like snow boats for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Fur between their feet and prevent them from getting frostbite. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Summer <ul><li>The Snow Leopards follow the sheep and goats up the steep slopes. </li></ul><ul><li>They use their tail to help them keep balance. </li></ul><ul><li>During the summer its not snowy in the summer instead its dry. </li></ul><ul><li>They can still blind in with the rocks around them to attack their prey. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Fall <ul><li>The snow leopard follows prey down the steep mountain slopes. </li></ul><ul><li>Moving along with herd. </li></ul><ul><li>Cubs born last year begin to start learning how to live life on their own and hunt. </li></ul><ul><li>If they gave birth cubs start eating solid foods and begin to explore life outside the den. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Winter <ul><li>Harder for snow leopards to get food because it’s more likely for them to run into humans. </li></ul><ul><li>Mating Season is January-March. </li></ul><ul><li>Female wait at the top of a peak or ridgeline, telling the males that she is ready to mate. </li></ul><ul><li>Males stay with female for about a week and then go back to solitary round. </li></ul><ul><li>Cubs will be born in the spring or the early summer. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Spring <ul><li>Pregnant female look for protected shelter to give birth. </li></ul><ul><li>Dens are mostly rocky caves lined up with mothers soft fur. </li></ul><ul><li>Their pregnant for about 3- 3 1/2 months. </li></ul><ul><li>Cubs are small and helpless when born and don’t open their eyes for about a week. </li></ul><ul><li>They usually have 2-3 cubs a liter, very rare for a snow leopard to have 7 cubs in the wild because its hard to take care of all of them. </li></ul><ul><li>For the 1st few months cubs stay in the den. </li></ul><ul><li>Mothers come back to the den frequently so they can nurse the cubs. </li></ul><ul><li>At around 2 months the cubs eat their 1st soild meal, late summer cubs start to follow the mother around high mountain slopes. </li></ul><ul><li>Cubs stay with their mother until about 18-22 months old. </li></ul><ul><li>They mate every other month, females who gave birth last spring are teaching their cubs to hunt. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>I hope you enjoyed the show. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for letting me have your undivided attention. </li></ul>