The Snow Leopard • Fast Facts • Type: • Mammal • Diet: • Carnivore • Size: • 4 to 5 ft (1.2 to 1.5 m); Tail, 36 in (91 cm) • Weight: • 60 to 120 lbs (27 to 54 kg) • Protection status: • Endangered • There are an estimated 3,000 to 10,000 left in the wild.
Home of the Snow Leopard • The snow leopard is to be found in the mountainous regions of central Asia, ranging in the north from Russia and Mongolia down through China and Tibet into the Himalayan regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. • The snow leopard generally inhabits elevations between 2000-4000 meters although it can occasionally be found at lower altitudes to the north of its range and as high as 5500 meters in Himalayan regions
The Endangered Snow Leopard Causes • Killed for coat /illegal fur trade and use of body parts for Chinese medicine • Diminishing prey due to human hunting • Attacks from native farmers that see snow leopards as a pest
Who’s Helping:Current Aid • Snow Leopard Conservancy • International Snow Leopard Trust • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Plan of Action • Help reduce the demand for snow leopards' skins by not purchasing any items made from the pelt or skin of the snow leopards. • Encourage others not to buy traditional Chinese medicines that include tiger or snow leopard bones or organs. • Donate money or your time to organizations trying to save snow leopards.