Leopard (Snow) Kind Fur® (Boxed)
Snow Leopard Kind Fur® (Boxed)
Kind Fur® replicas are an ideal resource for educators. Designed primarily to give children ages 6 to 13 the look and feel of animal fur, these replicas go well with storytelling and discovery table activities. We need to emphasize, however, that these replicas are not study skins (they lack eye holes, ears, noses, paws and tails). On the other hand, unlike real fur, these replicas do not have special storage or treatment requirements. They also do not require knowledge of complex and ever-changing regulations regarding State of Origin fur tags, permits, transfers, and associated necessary record keeping. Most importantly, Kind Fur® does not require trapping animals better left alive in the wild.
It is important to note that in nature there is tremendous variation in fur color, even on a single specimen, let alone among the same species in different locations or seasons. These replicas are close in appearance (and feel) to animal furs, but won’t match “perfectly” with any given real fur. Also, as can be the case with skull replicas, high-quality faux fur can sometimes cost more than real fur. While realistic in appearance, replica fur can always be identified by looking at the backing—replica fur has cloth fabric backing, as opposed to tanned animal hide.
Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) are one of the most elusive of the big cats. Found in the rugged mountains of Central Asia, their light colored fur blends in with their snowy habitat. This Kind Fur® demonstrates the classic look—light fur with light circular “leopard spots” throughout the dense, soft coat.
This boxed Kind Fur® has been securely adhered with non-toxic water-based glue to the inside of a protective 12" long x 9" wide x 2" deep wooden slide-top box (custom crafted in the US for Acorn Naturalists' Kind Furs®). Students can study and feel the fur, and slide the protective lid over it when done. The box is labeled on the back, making it easy to set out on a table for quiz games or activities such as matching a sample with skull, track or scat replicas.
In addition to many other educational uses, fur replicas help illustrate the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) LS1. For more information on all of the Kind Fur® replicas Acorn Naturalists offers for sale please click here.