The snow leopard in Kyrgystan.

The snow leopard, sometimes known as the ounce, is a large native cat living in the Tien-Shan mountains. In the summer, snow leopards, prefer to stay high up 6000 meters above the sea level in the mountains rather than coming down to the valleys. One can see the king of the alps in the winter when it comes down to the forest edges for hunting. Well known for its beautiful fur, the snow leopard has a whitish-tan coat with ringed spots of dark, ashy-brown and rosettes of black. Its tail is heavy with fur and the bottom of its paws are covered with fur for protection against snow and cold.
In summer, the snow leopard , usually lives above the tree line on mountainous meadows and in rocky regions at an altitude of 2,700 m (8,900 ft) to 6,000 m (20,000 ft). In winter, it comes down into the forests at an altitude of about 2,000 m (6,600 ft). It leads largely a solitary life, although mothers can rear cubs for extended periods of time in cave dens in the mountains. It is an opportunistic feeder, eating whichever meat it can find and kills animals three times bigger than its size, including domestic livestock. Its diet consists mainly of ibexes, the Bharal, the Markhor, the Urial, deer, boars, as well as pikas, marmots and other small rodents. It ambushes prey from above when possible, as it can jump as far as 14 meters. Its agility often proves helpful when ambushing prey and traversing through mountains.

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