Born in the mountains of Central Asia, Snow Leopards have been observed living as high as 5,500 metres. A separate species to the Asian/African Leopard, they are superbly adapted for their bitterly cold habitat.
Blind and helpless at birth, life begins for the Snow Leopard cub in a rocky den, carefully lined with fur by its mother. Protected and nurtured through the early part of its life, the young cat is equipped to fend for itself before turning two.
For vital protection against the harsh elements, the Snow Leopard relies on its long hair which has a dense undercoat that thickens even more during the autumn and winter. White with a unique pattern of dark rosettes and spots, the fur also provides perfect camouflage as the animal stalks its prey on the icy mountainside.
The Snow Leopard’s short, stocky body and small, rounded ears are both helpful in minimizing heat-loss. Paradoxically, it has two ‘over-sized’ features that are just as useful.
Like a pair of snowshoes, its extra-large paws help prevent the cat from sinking into soft snow. And an enormous tail, every bit as long as its body, acts like a woolly scarf in which to curl up at night!
Following the delightful Tiger and Jaguar releases, the third coin from The Cubs 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series features a stunning portrayal of young Snow Leopards.
Like other coins in the program, including the forthcoming White Lion and Lynx releases, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released in illustrated presentation packaging.