Zoological name: The zoological name of snow leopard is Panthera uncia.
Distribution: They are found in Central Asia and Indian subcontinent. In India, it occurs in the higher altitudes of the Himalayan range (from Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh).
Physical feature: The snow leopard is about 4 ft 6 inches length (head to body) and tail is about 3 ft. It is smaller than a leopard and weighs 23-41 kg. The ground colour is pale whitish grey often with a yellowish tinge and white below. They differ from other big cats in having short muzzles, elevated foreheads and vertical chins. The unbroken spots in snow leopard are distinct on the heads, napes and lower parts of the limbs. The body is covered with medium brown blotches ringed with black or dark brown. A black streak runs from the middle of the back to the root of the tail. The surface of its paws is furnished by a cushion of hair that protects the soles from cold. The ears are white with black edge.