Wild facts

April 12, 2000

Do you know?

Why does the snow leopard have big paws?

Answer: Thick cushions of hair around its paw pads act like snowshoes, helping the leopard move quickly over snow without sinking.

Learn more!

1. African leopards are great climbers. They rest, and even eat their prey, in the trees to avoid other animals.

2. The snow leopard's thick, spotted coat provides excellent camouflage in its snowy, rocky habitat.

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