Climbing Mountains and Combating Poachers to Save Snow Leopards
Secretive as they are, snow leopards are still dying at the hands of humans, according to a new report released today.
Poachers have killed at least 450 of the endangered big cats since 2008, making the level of crime far more serious than thought, according to the wildlife trade-monitoring network TRAFFIC and the conservation group World Wildlife Fund. The number could be substantially higher, since many illegal killings in remote areas go undetected, the report adds. (Read about snow leopards in National Geographic magazine.)
That’s bad news for a species that’s down to only about 4,000 animals, scattered across the mountains of Central Asia. Though many snow leopards are poached for trade in furs and bones, herders are