Snow Leopard II
From Marc Alexander’s ‘In The Balance’ series. Snow Leopard II, oil on canvas, 120cm by 200cm, (2016).
Endangered snow leopard with an estimated population of 4080 to 6590. Snow leopards are found in 12 countries—including China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, and Mongolia. The powerful build allows it to scale great steep slopes with ease. Its hind legs give the snow leopard the ability to leap six times the length of its body while a long tail provides balance and agility and also wraps around the resting snow leopard as protection from the cold. The sole predator of snow leopard is humans. Hunting, habitat loss and retaliatory killings are the main reasons this big cat is now listed as an endangered species. Click here to see time-laps video.