Can You Keep a Snow Leopard as a Pet? Facts of Snow Leopard
The snow leopard (Panthera uncia), also known as the ounce, is a felid in the genus Panthera native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because the global population is estimated to number fewer than 10,000 mature individuals and is expected to decline about 10% by 2040. It is threatened by poaching and habitat destruction following infrastructural developments.
Compared to other leopards, the snow leopard has a short muzzle, a high forehead and a rounded head shape. The iris of the eyes is yellowish green, and the pupils are rounded under bright light. The forefeet are 5-toed and the hind 4-toed. The forefeet are wider than the hindfeet, with thicker and longer coarse hairs between the toes, and between the palmar pads and toes.
The snow leopard is an extremely specialized predator, feeding mainly on the rock sheep (Tibetan plateau population), northern mountain sheep (populations in the Tien Shan and Altai Mountains) and twisted horned goats (populations in the Hindu Kush Mountains), which are the most adept climbers of the goat family, but also on beasts such as pan sheep, plateau rabbits, dry otters and rodents, as well as birds such as snow fowl, horse chickens and rainbow pheasants. They often hunt by ambush or sneak attack, often hiding near areas where wild sheep are active. Snow leopards can go for a week without eating after a full meal.
The snow leopard is at the top of the highland ecological food chain and is also known as the "barometer of the health of the high altitude ecosystem". The snow leopard is the most representative species in the highlands of Asia, and an international action plan is being implemented to protect the snow leopard and, in turn, the entire highland fauna and ecosystem.
Can you keep a snow leopard?
No, the snow leopard is protected, and it is illegal to own one as a pet. As an apex predator, it is also highly unadvisable to own a snow leopard as a pet because they can be quite dangerous.
If you would like to own a Snow Leopard, you can order our Snow Leopard Plush Toy as a replacement. Our plush Snow Leopard are so soft, cute and cuddly that we can hardly stand it!
Check more details: Snow Leopard Plush Toy