Snow leopard

1. Snow leopards live in the mountains of Central Asia, usually at elevations of between 3,000 – 4,500 metres (some have been spotted above 5,500 though!).

2. They are a carnivore.

3. Their thick hair helps to keep them insulated and their large fur-covered-feet act as snowshoes.

4. A snow leopard can jump up to 50 feet (15 metres).

5. Their long tails help them balance, but also help to shelter body parts from the cold mountain weather!

6. Snow leopards can kill animals three times their own weight, although they usually tend to prey upon blue sheep, ibex and smaller animals such as hares, marmots and game birds.

7. They are classed as an endangered species, mostly due to killings by herders, habitat loss and poaching.

8. They can weigh between 22 – 52kg, and males are around a third larger than females.

9. Unlike other felines, the snow leopard cannot roar. Their vocal chords are less developed than other leopards and big cats.

10. Snow leopards are often referred to as 'ghosts of the mountains' as they are very elusive creatures.