Introduction

Animal: Snow Leopard

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Why this animal?


The snow leopard is a beautiful animal. It’s an endangered animal, which I think is very interesting. They live in the mountains, which is a beautiful landscape. They look cute and scary at
the same time. It is in the same species as normal cats that people own. I love that they are white, in the w
inter, since forever I have just loved any animal that is white. Snow leopards are interesting animals and I would love to learn more about them.



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Food web


Snow leopard: Tertiary Consumer, Carnivore
Coyote: Secondary Consumer, Carnivore
Wolf: Secondary Consumer, Carnivore
Fox: Secondary Consumer, Carnivore
Hare: Consumer, Herbivore
Ibex: Consumer, Herbivore
Himalayan Snowcock: Primary Consumer, Omnivore
Marmot: Primary Consumer, Omnivore

Worms: Decomposer
Berries: Producer
Seeds : Producer
Grass: Producer
Insects : Consumer, Herbavore

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Alpine Biome




The Alpine tundra in the Himalayan Mountains is the biome my animal lives in. The alpine biome is very cold, and is made up out of mountains. The temperature in the summer reaches only about 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. The temperature in the biome can range from warm to freezing in one day! In the winter the temperature is below freezing all the time, it can even reach negative 70 degrees! There aren't very many plants because it is hard for them to get all the CO2 they need to live. Most of the plants are very small. Some examples of plants are the small leaved shrubs, coniferous trees and dwarf trees. The snow leopard has a very thick coat to keep them warm and use its tail to cover its face from the harsh cold. Their tail also helps them keep balance as they walk across slippery areas. The animals here are mostly just marmots pikas, ibex,some birds, and snow leopards. The way most of these animals get water is from melted snow. That's the biome of my animal.

Wildlife monitoring technique

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If you can't read it here is the key


When the snow leopard wakes up it walks toward the water to get a drink, so the heart rate is low, pink. Then the snow leopard sees it's prey, and starts to stalk it, so the heart rate goes up a little, purple. Then the final moment comes and the snow leopard jumps to attack the animal, so the heart is racing, blue.Then when the purple color comes back and the snow leopard is dragging its prey back to its cave so it can it eat it. Then as the snow leopard eats its prey the heart rate goes back to normal, pink. This is what i believe the snow leopard was doing during this time.I looked at the heart rate of the animal and the nature around the animal at that time, to make inferences

Journal Entries

Journal entry #1

I was trying hard to stay focused on the snow leopards and actually getting to see one, but it was so cold I didn’t get any sightings. The people on the trip with me really help but I think if I am ever going to get to see a snow leopard that isn’t in the zoo I will have to be alone. Their eyes are far better than humans and they can hear better too, so I will have to stay still in one place scouting for one. Their beautiful coats of spotted fur help them to hide so I will have to watch for even the slightest of movement. I think sticking around the animals they eat will work out well for me but even then sometimes they can eat one large animal for many days so it might take a while. I will be staying around the ibex and sheep because the snow leopard will usually go for the bigger meal. The big paws of the snow leopard help it to walk gracefully and quietly on the snow so I will have to watch for the ibex to react to an attack. I really hope to get to see one soon because they have the most beautiful tails so bushy and warm and a coat like a snowy mountain. I know so much about them already but I already love getting to know them in their natural habitats.


Journal entry #2

I actually got to see a snow leopard today! When I did see it as it was climbing higher up the mountain to stalk some prey. It was beautiful the way its shoulders so easily caught the animal’s elegant jumps from rock to rock. The paws were great for helping it keep its balance, along with the tail making sure even on the thinnest ledges the snow leopard kept its balance. The strong back legs push off the ground with tremendous force, and the snow leopard lands on the ibex with a forceful bite to the neck the animal goes down. The snow leopard can take down animals bigger than it but to do this it needs to be able to attack from the top. The snow leopard takes its food to the cave it lives in and eats it there. The cave isn’t really big, but it’s plenty big enough for the snow leopard and cubs, if it were to have any. The other snow leopard I saw today does have cubs, two of them. They play and fight as they mom tries to groom them. The mom has to hunt for them and they watch and learn because in two years they will be on their own for this. The cubs are very curious and they walk around all the time, smelling and pawing at everything they see. They love to fight, it doesn’t get really violent but sometimes the mom has to put a stop to it. They go down to the river to get some water and try to catch some marmots. They are such fast learners soon they will be able to hunt by themselves and they will get kicked out of the cave. That's a lot to learn in one day, so I will go to bed and hopefully learn just as much tomorrow.

Journal Entry #3

I mainly focused on the mom with the cubs today. The cubs are so adorable and surprisingly clean for how much dirt they get into while messing around. When they get scared by an animal running past they become wide-eyed and panicky, they are careful to look at everything for a while. They are very clever and gifted at hunting already. Today I saw one kill a rabbit, with very little difficulty, because of its already strong legs and jaw. The two snow leopards don't hunt together and besides fighting they generally don't hang out, but they do both find a lot of comfort in their mother. They are just like human teenagers, they are always hungry, and pretty much everything they look at is food to them. Their fur is fluffy and white. They have the most beautiful eyes, ones eyes are blue and the others is a light brown. They are so amazing it will be sad to leave tomorrow morning. I can't believe I only got to see them a few times, but i will still miss them so much.



This is a zoo burst explaining the limiting factors of the snow leopard. The snow leopards are also facing the threat of starvation, because the animals they eat are starting to decrease in population so their is less food to go around. They are running out of space, and space is the main thing they need, even the reserved areas they get really aren't big enough for them to live happily. A lot of the time the reason people harm snow leopards is because they don't realize what they are doing and they need to be more aware of their actions.


Fellow Researcher


Katie Yankula is a researcher that has been working very hard on figuring out the snow leopards and saving them from extinction. She is in a group that goes out and finds information on the snow leopards, she looks at prints, feces, and the very rare actual sightings, to tell approximately how many snow leopards there are left, and why they are dying out. She is actually out in the wild looking at everything, which makes her different from me; because all I do is research the snow leopards on line. We both want one thing, and are going at it in sort of different ways, she makes a website and gets the information out there and I just talk about it and try to convince people that it is bad, and tell them about my findings in my research. I found that snow leopards generally live alone unless they are a female and they have cubs. She found that out too but she found that out from weeks of research, all I had to do was search on the internet.
She sent me a link that gave some good information on snow leopards.


Bibliography

Jackson, Dr. Rodney. "A Map of the Snow Leopard’s Range." Snow Leopard Range Map. Snow Leopard Conservancy. Web. 2 Feb. 2012. http://www.snowleopardconservancy.org/text/how/range.htm?gclid=CJivjNzQtK4CFdEDQAod9UV_RQ.
Yankula, Katie. "Snow Leopard Trust." Saving Snow Leopards for 30 Years —. Web. 19 Jan. 2012. http://www.snowleopard.org/.
"Snow Leopard Habitat." Saving Snow Leopards. Snowleopardblog, 16 Feb. 2008. Web. 27 Jan. 2012. http://snowleopardblog.com/snow-leopard-habitat/