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7 Essential Facts About Snow Leopard Cubs

Curious about Cubs? With cub season coming up, here are 7 things you need to know about snow leopard babies!

  • cub from the first ever active wild den site discovered

    Lasya's cub, a few weeks old

    A lot of snow leopards share a birthday: From what we can tell so far, snow leopard mating season is in winter and early spring; and almost all wild cubs are born in June or July, turning the mountains of Central Asia into a nursery each summer.

  • Like kittens, snow leopard cubs are small and helpless at birth – they do not open their eyes until they are about 7 days old.
  • Comfy in their den

    Comfy in their den

    For about two or three months, newborn cubs will remain in their well-protected den site, shielded away from predators. Their mother will stays close during that time, frequently returning to the den to nurse the cubs.

  • A baby snow leopard will start eating solid food at around 2 months old. Most likely, its first taste of anything other than milk will be rare ibex, or blue sheep that mom has brought home from a hunting trip.
  • mom and cub eating

    delicious ibex

    When the little cubs are around 3 months old, they start following their mother as she ventures further and further away from the den site to go about her business of hunting for food. Step by step, they learn all the skills it takes to live on their own in their harsh, mountainous home range.

  • Mohan at 11 months old

    growing up fast: 11 month-old Mohan

    Young cats disperse from their mother and set out on their own when they’re 19 to 24 months old. Usually, female snow leopards will only have their next litter once the cubs have dispersed.

  • Female snow leopards will be ready to have cubs of their own when they are two or three years old – so soon after they leave their family behind, they’ll start their own.
 

Gerry Creighton says:

Do you have an idea on the oldest female in your study’s giving birth?keep up the amazing work.

April 4, 2013, 7:18 pm

Marspolarlander says:

Very interesting facts and love the pics!

April 7, 2013, 4:24 pm

Shawnee Casey says:

Thank you for having such fantastic information available.

January 9, 2014, 1:37 pm

Milly devitt says:

they were brillant facts im going to adopt another snow lepord now because of those facts

September 15, 2014, 2:26 am

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