Trivia / Unravel Ladakh

Snow leopards mark their territory by _____.

  1. shedding hair/fur
  2. scratching their surroundings
  3. rubbing/urinating on rocks

rubbing/urinating on rocks

The Snow leopard is a solitary animal that inhabits alpine and subalpine zones of central and south Asia. It is listed as a Vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species because its population is estimated to be less than 10,000 in the whole world. In India, their population is estimated to be roughly 200-600 mature individuals.

Snow leopards mark their territory by spraying their scent in their surroundings by rubbing themselves on rocks and urinating on them. The scent serves as a warning to the other snow leopards of the same sex, as well as serves as road-signs for mating for the other.

The predator usual live above the tree line but in winter, they may recede to the forest of lower altitudes. Global warming is leading to an increase in the altitude of the tree line, thus resulting in the decline in their population.