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| Last Updated:: 24/08/2023

Snow Leopard











Scientific name


Panthera uncia Schubet


Common name


Snow Leopard




Barafni Chita








Hima chitravyaghrah




75000 sq.kms in the Himalayas


Religious association





Achi Chokey Dolma, the Tibetan equivalent of Durga, is the protectoress who rides the snow lion. She is venerated by Buddhist communities in Ladakh, Sikkim, Tibet and elsewhere in the Himalayas.









Source: “Sacred Animals Of India” by  Nanditha Krishna,  (Penguin Book India, 2010)