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

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

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Snow leopard fur is patterned with rosettes and spots that provide perfect camouflage against their mountainous, rocky terrain.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Panthera uncia


25 - 75 kg (55 - 165 lb.)


Length of 1 - 1.3 m (3.3 - 4.2 ft.)

Conservation Status



Steep terrain with cliffs, ridges and rocky outcrops


Mountain goats, sheep, deer, boars, marmots and pika

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