Snow Leopard and It's Dangers

by thetypewriter

From the anger of nearby farmers, to the traditional Chinese medicine everything is causing these animals to become endangered. Read on to find out how to help!

In Central and Southern Asia, there has been a decrease in Snow Leopards. Only 4,000 - 7,000. Central and Southern Asia prepares for the numbers to go up, and all this entails. This also a strategy guide, plans, groups, and help. Although there has been a drop in population, there is also a great deal of people working to help these endangered Snow Leopards. Snow Leopards are amazing creatures. Keep reading for more info!

About Snow Leopards

Snow Leopards Live in the rugged mountains of Central and Southern Asia. They are usually found in altitudes of 9,800 and 17,000 feet. Snow Leopards can jump and /or leap vary far.They are able to jump as far as 50 feet. 

Their tails serve more than one purpose to them. The tail is very big at one end and while it is still big it gets skinnier as it attached to the cats body. They serve purpose for balance and as a blanket. On cold nights the cat uses it's tail to protect the more sensitive parts of it's body. The tail is 36 inches long, and snow leopards are usually anywhere from 60-120 pounds.

Snow Leopards have to hunt their own food, like any wild animal does. They can eat blue sheep or otherwise known as bharal. The blue sheep is usually around Tibet and the Himalaya, mountain ibex. While Snow Leopards can kill prey up to three times their size, they usually just stick to hares, game birds and marmots. 

Snow Leopards are also known as Panthera Uncia. 

The Danger

Snow Leopards are in a great deal of danger from the black market and other means. Poachers will kill them because they can go for a great deal of money in there. Snow Leopards are used for traditional Chinese medicine. The pelts -which is the skin of the animal with the hair still on it- and body parts is what are sold for traditional Chinese medicine. Snow Leopards Sometimes kill live stock, and this in it self angers very many farmers. There has been times when farmers will go and hunt for the cats and kill them because they are angry. Another reason why these cats are going endangered is because their habitat is starting to disappear.  

On October 23, 2013 members from the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum had made a difference. President Almazbek Atambayev of the Kyrgyz Republic and officials representing the 12 Central and South Asian Snow Leopard range countries joined conservation experts and the International Donor Community. Together, they endorsed Bishkek Declaration on Snow Leopard Conservation. They had also endorsed the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Recovery Program.

Organizations

Snow Leopard Network

The Snow Leopard Network is an independent worldwide organization that is dedicated to facilitating dialogue between experts. This organization has a strong scientific focus, this in turn had made it possible to come up with the Snow Leopard Survival Strategy.

This Organization was founded in 2002 during the Snow Leopard survival summit in Seattle, Washington. This organization has grown to more than 300 members. This allows members to apply for Conservation grants. This allows the grow of the research for the Snow Leopard. 

Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum

This organization helped a great deal with helping out the Snow Leopards. This is the group that had endorsed the Bishkek Declaration on Snow Leopard Conservation, and Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Recovery Program. This took place on October 23, 2013.

Save Our Species

Their goal is to ensure the long term survival and well being of threatened species and habitat for biodiversity. 

Help

The struggle with the Snow Leopards is real. They might not exist one day. If you or anyone you know wishes to help please donate or adopt and help the cats that are in need.

At  panthera.org you can donate. However, if you go to snowleopard.org you can donate and/ or adopt!

 

Extras that can help

Snow Leopard Survival Strategy

 snowleopard.org/downloads/snow_leopard_survival_strategy.pdf

Bishkek Declaration on Snow Leopard Conservation

 snowleopard.org/the-bishkek-declaration-on-the-conservation-of-the-snow-leopard

Websites

animals.nationalgeographic.com

snowleopard.org

panthera.org

Pictures about and of Snow Leopards

Blue Sheep (Bharal)
Blue Sheep (Bharal)
Game Bird
Game Bird
Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard
Marmot
Marmot
Hare
Hare
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Updated: 07/16/2015, thetypewriter
 
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blackspanielgallery on 07/21/2015

Very informative.

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