(GODDARD, Kan.) — These baby snow leopards are usually found high in the mountains, in the Himalayas and even rocky parts of Afghanistan but they are the latest batch of big cats at Tanganyika Wildlife Park.
Jim Fouts, the Director at Tanganyika, says these leopards were designed to blend in and survive in the snow.
“With the snow leopard, you have more gray, black and white. That of course plays much better above the tree line and in the mountains in the snow,” says Fouts.
Snow leopards are considered a critically endangered cat and experts say there are only between 7,000 to 12,000 of these felines left. Their paws and their long tail help them withstand the cold snowy temperatures.
“They have hair on the bottom of their feet and that’s to give them traction on the ice and the snow." said Fouts. "They also have a very long tail, a thick tail in proportion to other cats, and that’s used to help them balance when they’re running up and down the side of the mountains.”
You can watch these little cubs grow into big cats live on the video stream on the KWCH website. You can also find photos and more videos of the leopards and white tigers at Tanganyika Wildlife Park.