Tough country – the places snow leopards call ‘home’.

Arid Himalayan landscape

Arid Himalayan landscape. Photo R. Brown

Snow leopards like very steep and rugged terrain in high altitudes. They like cliffs and ridges to survey for prey and they like gullies and rocky outcrops to hide. They live in the Himalayas and adjacent mountain ranges at elevations of 3000 to over 5000 m (10,000 to 17,000 feet) in what is some of the most inhospitable environment on earth.  Arid and dry, thin air, snow, no trees, often the snow leopard’s home looks like a lunar landscape. Over the years as I’ve trekked through this type of area I’ve often wondered how they manage to survive.

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