Stunning Big Cats
You might need to take a second look to spot the Calgary Zoo’s snow leopards. They’re so good at hiding and blending in that it wasn’t until 2012 that scientists captured the first video of a wild mother snow leopard and her cubs. When you do spot these stunning cats, take a close look at their thick, bushy tails. Beautiful and useful, they serve double-duty, as a scarf and providing balance on rocky ledges.
Photo by Tim Dobbing
Snow leopard fur is patterned with rosettes and spots that provide perfect camouflage against their mountainous, rocky terrain.
At a Glance
25 - 75 kg (55 - 165 lb.)
Length of 1 - 1.3 m (3.3 - 4.2 ft.)
Steep terrain with cliffs, ridges and rocky outcrops
Mountain goats, sheep, deer, boars, marmots and pika