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Snow leopards are solitary. They leave scent and scratch marks in sheltered areas. This enables fellow snow leopards to recognize potential mates. Instead of roaring, they make high-pitched yelping sounds (particularly when females are in heat). Other forms of communication include chuffing (as a greeting), the showing of teeth (as a threat), or certain positions of the tail.
European Endangered species Program
This animal is managed by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) under the European Endangered species Program.
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|Classification||Order: carnivorans (Carnivora); family: cats (Feildae)|
|Habitat||Mountain slopes, canyons, high rocky plateaus, mountainous meadows as well as scrublands and rhododendron forests at elevations ranging from 2,000 to 6,000 m.|
|Diet||Primarily Siberian ibex and argali (wild sheep), as well as various rodents and birds; deer, wild boars and hares (in the winter). Some of the animals that they prey on are three times their own weight.|