Snow Leopard (1) Twycross Zoo

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G Lokey on December 21, 2011

This compound for the Snow Leopards borders one whole side of the brand new restaurant/shopping area which is set outside the main entrance so you can see these animals without even entering the Zoo! This animal is native to the mountain ranges of South and Central Asia living between 10,000 and 18,000 feet above sea level and it is estimated that between 3,500 and 7,000 exist in the wild and 600-700 in zoos worldwide. They are carnivores eating whatever meat they can find including carrion and domestic livestock. They have been known to take animals three times their size and take much smaller prey such as hares and birds. Unusually among cats they also eat a significant amount of vegetation including grass and twigs. The pair of leopards arrived at Twycross in May 2010 and in July the zoo proudly announced the arrival of two cubs, one male and one female. Google Twycross Zoo to see clips of these delightful creatures!

david g Johnson on December 21, 2011

A magnificent...animal ...and strewth..! look at that tail..!../.Cheers for the info'...Geoff.../Dave.

G Lokey on December 21, 2011

Yeah and the cubs were asleep on another part of this superb compound and I couldn't get a good pic of them!!!

david g Johnson on December 21, 2011

Its' a shame that Geoff...especially for the grandchildren...another time perhaps../..As you suggested...I took a look at the 2.42 minute Twycross clips on U.tube.....brilliant !.../..Buuurrrpppp ! there goes my 20th. mince pie.

G Lokey on December 31, 2011

Apparently, Dave, the tail is long so the Leopard can wrap it around its face keeping its nose warm in those harsh climes!!! Not a lot of people know that!!!

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  • Uploaded on December 20, 2011
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    by G Lokey
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