Snow Leopards

Overview

Snow leopards blend into their surroundings, making it nearly impossible for their prey or people to see them. Often the only proof they live in an area is what these big cats leave behind, such as tracks and urine marks. Learn more about these nearly invisible cats, including where they live, what they eat, and how scientists are working to ensure their survival.

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Overview

Snow leopards blend into their surroundings, making it nearly impossible for their prey or people to see them. Often the only proof they live in an area is what these big cats leave behind, such as tracks and urine marks. Learn more about these nearly invisible cats, including where they live, what they eat, and how scientists are working to ensure their survival.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Four short chapters present basic information about snow leopards. These big cats are known as ghosts of the mountains because they are seldom seen. They blend into the environment and they avoid contact with humans. Although they seem almost invisible, they are large animals. An adult snow leopard weighs between 60 and 120 pounds; it is about two feet tall at the shoulder; and it stretches 6 to 7.5 feet from its head to the base of its tail. Snow leopards live in a relatively small area in Central Asia, mostly in Mongolia. They are shrewd predators and eat a variety of different animals, including the ibex, musk deer, marmots, hares, and birds. If they cannot find these animals, they kill the domesticated animals belonging to ranchers. Because these leopards are so elusive, many of the facts gathered about birth and childcare come from animals living in zoos. Snow leopards are endangered. Their survival is threatened by poachers, hunters, and ranchers. Snow Leopards Enterprises, founded in 1998, is working to help preserve the big cats and their habitats. Numerous photographs expand the concepts in the text and contribute to the meaning. Includes a glossary, a bibliography, a recommended website, and an index. A good choice for young researchers. Part of the "Big Cats" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429676458
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Big Cats Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianna Winget has written several nonfiction books for children as well as many articles and stories for children’s magazines. She has also written a middle grade novel, A Smidgen of Sky (Harcourt, 2012).
Dianna lives in the beautiful mountains of north Idaho with her husband and daughter, as well as two small dogs, Lacey the Chihuahua and Sassie the Daschund. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, coming up with new story ideas, gardening, and watching for visiting wildlife including deer, turkeys, moose, and an occasional porcupine.

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