Everything you need to know about a snow leopard safari...
Your heart skips a beat as your guide points in the direction of one of the world’s most elusive big cats. Watching through a spotting scope to see closer the elegant movements of this wild animal, you are one of the lucky few who will ever experience something so magical and so rare as seeing the magnificent snow leopard in its natural habitat.
Traversing the rugged Himalayas, following the tracks and trails of bharal and blue sheep, prime cuisine for snow leopards, we watch out for the elegant cats, for the movement of grey on white. By following these ungulates and evidence left by the big cats themselves, we increase our chances of spotting them in the wild, alongside other predators such as Tibetan wolf and Himalayan brown bear.
We feel honoured to specialise in such a unique safari. Stemming from years of experience creating big cat safaris around the world, we can design the ultimate snow leopard safari for your very own journey into the extraordinary. Contact us for more details or to create your own snow leopard safari or view our India Gallery to find more images for inspiration.
About Snow Leopards
Slightly smaller than African or Asian leopards, weighing between 35 and 55 Kg, snow leopards are very elusive, found in the mountains of central Asia.
These beautiful, grey creatures have thick fur to help them in the cold conditions and an exceptionally long tail which aids in balance as well as a keeping the face warmer during snow storms. Their large paws act like snow shoes as they traverse powder and ice and their distinctive long legs allow them to leap up to 20 feet.
Their prey includes wild and domestic animals which can be as much as three time their own body weight. They will usually eat the blue sheep (bharal), found in Tibet and the Himalayas, as well as the more common ibex which can be found pretty much everywhere that a snow leopard can.
Snow leopards are found at high altitudes in the Himalaya Mountains of Central and South Asia and have an estimated population of around 4,000-6,590 individuals left on the globe.
Where do snow leopards live?
Why are snow leopards endangered?
Level of Protection
Endangered. Snow leopards are killed by goat herders and by poachers for their prized pelts and to protect crops and domestic animals. They have only recently been seen as a tourist attraction and hopefully this will help to save this remarkable animal from extinction.Taking part in a snow leopard safari with us contributes both to their conservation and a truly unique wildlife experience.
Best Time to Visit
The best time of year is winter, as this is when the cats descend from the mountains in search of prey. Please contact us for more details.
One of the best areas for spotting snow leopards is Ladakh in Northern India. Contact us for more details on these safaris.
Our favourite snow leopard safaris include:
Quest for the Snow Leopard Safari 2014
Snow Leopards, Tigers & Sri Lanka
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