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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Body measurements of free-ranging snow leopards across their range

Johansson, Örjan; Agvaantseren, Bayarjargal; Jackson, Rodney; Kachel, Shannon; Kubanychbekov, Zairbek; McCarthy, Tom; Mishra, Charudutt; Ostrowski, Stephane; Kulenbekov, Rahim; Rajabi, Ali Madad; Subba, Samundra


We provide body measurements of snow leopards collected from 55 individuals sampled in five of the major mountain ranges within the species distribution range; the Altai, Hindu Kush, Himalayas, Pamirs and Tien Shan mountains. Snow leopards appear to be similarly sized across their distribution range with mean body masses of 36 kg and 42 kg for adult females and adult males, respectively. In contrast to other large felids, we found little variation in body size and body mass between the sexes; adult males were on average 5% longer and 15% heavier than adult females.


Body mass; body size; carnivore; morphology; Panthera uncia

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Snow Leopard Reports
2022, volume: 1, pages: 1-6

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Snow Leopard Trust
Agvaantseren, Bayarjargal
Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation (SLCF)
Jackson, Rodney
Snow Leopard Conservancy
Kachel, Shannon
Kubanychbekov, Zairbek
Ilbirs Foundation
McCarthy, Tom
Mishra, Charudutt
Snow Leopard Trust
Ostrowski, Stephane
Wildlife Conservation Society
Kulenbekov, Rahim
Ilbirs Foundation
Rajabi, Ali Madad
Wildlife Conservation Society
Subba, Samundra
WWF Nepal

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