When I started this blog I had intended to make it primarily about jaguars. But like so many others, I could not help but be enthralled by snow leopards (Panthera uncia). They are magnificent creatures: perfectly adapted to life in the tallest mountains on Earth. They are also endangered.
Snow leopards naturally live at low densities, because life in the high mountains is hard. Add to that high levels of poaching, deaths from human-wildlife conflicts, increasing damage to mountain landscapes from mining and other extractive industries, and illegal trade in snow leopard body parts – and the situation starts to look grim.
Thankfully the leaders of all 12 snow leopard range countries are meeting in August. They met for the first time in 2013, in order to decide how to reverse the snow leopard’s decline…
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