Since 1972, the exotic snow leopard has been listed as endangered. After efforts of conserving these beautiful mountain cats, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has now upgraded their population status to “vulnerable.” At least, we’re seeing some spark of hope.
Although their 3-year assessment still shows population decline rates, it is somehow slower than expected. Peter Zahler, director of snow leopard program at the Wildlife Conservation Society said “The decision was based on a new assessment that determined that snow leopard populations are still declining, but not as fast as we previously thought.”
They are comparatively in a better place,” Zahler added.
This beautiful specie is native to Central Asia and is even considered as an important symbol of the native culture in Kyrgyztan, Kazakhstan, and some parts in Russia. They have become endangered as they are heavily hunted for their thick skin, bones, and organs.
Scroll for some photos of this stunning, majestic feline to celebrate this small victory!