This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the majestic and endangered snow leopard of Central Asia.
This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the majestic and endangered snow leopard of Central Asia, referred to as “mountain ghosts” by locals.
Habitat: the mountains of Central Asia
Snow leopard trivia
Why they’re threatened and how to help
The snow leopard is listed as endangered, and estimates number wild snow leopards at only 4,000 to 6,500.
Some communities in Nepal see them as a threat to their livestock, as they prey on domestic animals essential to the Nepalese people, such as yak. This puts the snow leopard population in ongoing danger, as revenge killings by herders are not uncommon. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), efforts such as community livestock insurance programs are in place to help protect these endangered big cats in Nepal. These efforts have been very successful, and the number of snow leopards are slowly rising.
Other ongoing threats to the snow leopard are habitat loss, dwindling food supply, and illegal trade for their fur and organs.