Found in the mountains of Central Asia, the snow leopard’s home is rugged and extremely cold in the winter. Fortunately, these cats possess amazing adaptations that make living there a breeze. A beautiful smoky-gray coat provides snow leopards protection from the extreme cold and excellent camouflage against the rocks and snow. A long, thick tail not only helps them maintain balance on the rocky terrain but also acts as a scarf when wrapped around their body while resting. Their round, short ears reduce heat loss and a well-developed nasal cavity assists in breathing the cold thin air. With large paws featuring a thick cushion of hair around the paw pads, they function like snowshoes, letting the cat to walk quickly over the snow without sinking.
Give a cool gift this holiday season by sponsoring the Milwaukee County Zoo’s new male snow leopard, Choto. It also makes a fantastic gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions. This limited-time offer is available through Jan. 31, 2024.