Perfect Design for Cold Climates, But Still Endangered
Amongst the snow capped mountainous regions of Central and South Asia hides the cryptic and majestic snow leopard Uncia uncia. Today there are only an estimated 3,500-7,000 total left in the wild spanning across Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Most recently the Snow Leopard has been found in Siberia along the Altai Mountains on the Russia-Mongolia border.
Snow leopards are listed on the IUCN Red List as Endangered. The major threats to these beautiful creatures is hunting for furs and organs to supply the Traditional Chinese Medicine trades as well as a result of human-wildlife conflict with farmers hunting Snow Leopards to protect their livestock. Besides hunting and trade, further pressure on the species is attributed to vanishing habitat and decline of prey species.
What does that mean?
Cryptic: An animal that is difficult to observe or be seen in the wild.
Crepuscular: Animals that are primarily active during twilight (at dawn and dusk).
What you can do?
- Share your knowledge on the snow leopard and other endangered wildlife.