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|Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:06 pm Post subject: Snow Leopard
|I think that they are one of the most beautiful of the big cats with their thick gorgeous coats, huge paws and long fluffy tail!
Snow Leopard Pictures on the Tigerhomes Website
Interesting fact about snow leopards:
"Although sharing its name with the common leopard, the snow leopard is not believed to be closely related to the Leopard or the other members of the Pantherine group and is classified as the sole member of the genus Uncia uncia. Due to the under-development of the fibro-elastic tissue that forms part of the vocal apparatus the snow leopard cannot give a full, deep roar and this along with differences in skull characteristics help to separate it from its fellow â€˜big catsâ€™."
From Jason's article:
"The mystery in the theory is that the Snow Leopard (Panthera unica) does not roar even though it does possess this elastic structure on its hyoid apparatus. This is not to say that the Snow Leopard does not communicate vocally, they certainly do. Snow Leopard vocalizations are varied. Even though they do not roar, they do produce many sounds including chirps and a characteristic 'LOUD MOAN'."
Snow Leopard Sounds:
(bottom of the page)
Snow Leopard Video Clips
(source: JungleWalk.com website)
Book by Helen Freeman
Found an interesting book, written by the founder of the Snow Leopard Trust, Helen Freeman. The book is entitled Life, Laughter & Snow Leopards.
A chapter of the book can be read on this page (second topic from the bottom of the page):
Snow Leopard Network (SLN)
Also, here's a link to a website where you can NERD YOURSELF BLIND on snow leopards!
"The Snow Leopard Network (SLN) is a partnership of organizations and individuals from government and private sector who work together for the effective conservation of the snow leopard, its prey, and their natural habitat to the benefit of people and biodiversity.
Snow Leopard Bibliography
Not only does the SLN website contain links to snow leopard information, but also a database full of bibliographies, where you can type in text and pull up documents relating to your query: The Snow Leopard Bibliography.
PDF - Snow Leopard Survival Strategy
108 Page Document on the Snow Leopard Survival Strategy!
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