11 Mar PRTCT | SNOW LEOPARD
Listed as Endangered. Snow Leopards are suspected to have declined by at least 20% over the past two generations (16 years) due to habitat and prey base loss, and poaching and persecution. Losses to poaching were most severe in the former Russian republics in the 1990s. While conditions have improved there, poaching and illegal trade are likely to continue in large parts of snow leopard range given growing demand from China.
The global Snow Leopard population is estimated at 4,080-6,590. Major threats to the Snow Leopard include prey base depletion, illegal trade, conflict with local people, and lack of conservation capacity, policy and awareness.
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