Endangered Animals – Snow Leopard

snow leopard
The Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia) is an intermediate species between big and small cats and lives in the snowy mountains of Central Asia. Throughout the world it’s known under many different names such as Irbis, Once and Leopardo nival.

The endangered Snow Leopard is included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Their total population, based on estimates of density and geographical range, is around 3,000. Snow Leopards are found in Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

The main cause of Snow Leopard decline is their bones, skin and organs which are valuable in traditional Asian medicine. Tigers were the prefered source for this purpose, but as it’s rare to find one in the wild, Snow Leopards are now being hunted instead. Considering that a dead Snow Leopard can fetch $200 {and a middleman can sell it for $10,000}, but people who live in the Snow Leopard’s region often earn less than $300 a year, it’s apparent why Snow Leopards are endangered.

Numerous agencies are working to conserve the Snow Leopard’s threatened mountain ecosystems. These include the Snow Leopard Trust, the Snow Leopard Conservancy, the Snow Leopard Network, the Cat Specialist Group and the Panthera Corporation.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *