The snow leopard, also known as the ounce, is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. With its thick fur and wide paws, it is highly adapted to the cold and rugged terrain. Unfortunately, this beautiful animal is considered a vulnerable species due to hunting and habitat destruction. Estimates suggest that there are only 4,080 to 6,590 snow leopards remaining in the wild. Conservation efforts are underway to protect their natural habitat and raise awareness about their plight.