Snow leopard (Irbis)

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Snow leopard or snow leopard, (Uncia uncia Shreber, 1775) is listed in the IUCN Red List (2000) as "critically endangered" (the highest security category EN C2A)

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See this mysterious and original inhabitants of the mountains just happened. To reach it is not so simple: you have a long walk on the steep slopes and deep snow high up - not everyone's strength.

Yes, most likely, he noticed a man first and as a ghost disappears behind the mountain range. And while running jump of 15 meters for him - in the order of things. Scientists are in the seventh heaven, if you get a chance to see the snow leopard, snow leopard, or in its native habitat.

This is a typical representative of the cat family used to be called a leopard, but it is not true. He - not exactly a close relative of a leopard, though like him, especially the same ring and small solid black spots on the smoky-gray fur. On the sides of the animal general background color is lighter than on the back and on the belly and the inside of the legs - white. Occasionally there are black and white leopard.

Fur from snow leopards longer than the Leopard: soft, fluffy and very thick. On the abdomen is 12 centimeters ...

Irbis does not make a loud roar of military characteristic of the big cats, and purr like a fine.

From head to tail snow leopard has 140 cm, he has a tail length of 90-100 cm. If we compare the length of the tail and body, from all the snow leopard cat from the longest tail, it is more than three-quarters of the length of the body. The weight of an adult snow leopard can reach 100 kg. The length of the jump during the hunt up to 14 meters.

Snow leopard habitat include parts of the territories of 13 countries: Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Among the big cats snow leopard - the only permanent inhabitant of the highlands, embodies the majestic, mysterious and harsh world of the mountains of Central Asia. Occupying the upper trophic levels in ecosystems, it can serve as a sort of sea-leader in the conservation of wildlife in all the Central Asian highlands.

Snow Leopard is the national symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Also, the image leopard used in the coat of arms of the city of Alma-Ata. Stylized winged snow leopard is depicted on the coat of arms of Khakassia (hack. Parys) and Tatarstan (tat. Ak Bars - white leopard), and the so-called hockey team Kazan. Snow leopard can also be seen on the arms of the city of Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. Shushensky District of the Krasnoyarsk Territory is the emblem of the image of the snow leopard.

in 2000, when a sign of friendship between Kazakhstan and Japan President Nursultan Nazarbayev presented the Tokyo zoo, a living symbol of the country - the snow leopard named Genghis. Later, he brought a female. So it looked latest addition.

Writer Nikolai Anov, an employee of the newspaper "Dzhetysuyskaya spark", resulting in a curious case, as the snow leopard came down from the Alatau Mountains and made a stir in the New Year's Eve 1927: "... Spotted leopard climbed into the house inhabitant. At the gate stood a horse tethered horse. The owner turned it to the owner for a few minutes and when I came out of the house, horse and gone. Bars, clutching the horse's mane, raced to the distraught with horror the animal through the deserted streets.









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