Photographer's Note

This is a a Snow Leopard at the Toronto Zoo.

Snow leopards are well adapted to living in the cold mountain temperatures. They have a very long outer fur coat and a shorter fur undercoat that helps them stay warm and dry in the cold.
It has a long, very thick tail that they use to curl around their face and body acting as a scarf in cold weather!

Snow Leopards are now endangered. They are threatened by the decreasing number of their natural prey due to competition with livestock,
and from humans hunting wild mountain sheep and goats for trophies and food. Snow leopards are victimized by herders who retaliate by trapping, poisoning, or shooting them. Snow leopards also suffer from the conditions, loss, and destruction of their habitat.

**Cropped and added border

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