snow leopard

noun

Definition of snow leopard 

: a large cat (Panthera uncia synonym Uncia uncia) of upland central Asia with long heavy grayish-white fur irregularly marked with brownish-black spots, rosettes, and rings

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Tomiris, a 17-year-old female snow leopard at the Milwaukee County Zoo, died April 10. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Remembering snow leopard Tomiris from the Milwaukee County Zoo," 19 Apr. 2018 Chad was born at the Santa Barbara Zoo and joins 2-year-old female Amari in the zoo’s giraffe habitat, while Himal joins female snow leopard Kira. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "New at the zoo: Foles the goat, named after quarterback that beat Patriots in Super Bowl," 10 May 2018 Yet some have found opportunity in living near snow leopards. Adam Popescu, Washington Post, "Tracking one of the world’s most elusive cats," 19 May 2018 Other definitions group big cats by size and add clouded leopards, cheetahs, snow leopards and cougars. Elisa Neckar, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Big Cats," 8 May 2018 After three deaths at the Milwaukee County Zoo in April (two gorillas and one snow leopard), the zoo is happy to announce two births in May. The latest new addition to the zoo family is a baby harbor seal, who was born early Wednesday morning. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A baby seal was born at the Milwaukee County Zoo Wednesday," 31 May 2018 That’s because unlike other big cats, snow leopards are specially evolved for cold heights. Adam Popescu, Washington Post, "Tracking one of the world’s most elusive cats," 19 May 2018 Now, Westerners like me are beginning to arrive in search of snow leopards. Adam Popescu, Bloomberg.com, "What to Know Before You Go Tracking Snow Leopards at 13,000 Feet," 1 May 2018 Their arrivals also signal the possibility of baby giraffes and snow leopards in the future. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "New at the zoo: Foles the goat, named after quarterback that beat Patriots in Super Bowl," 10 May 2018

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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