14 Jul '11, 2pm

Even in Afghanistan, conservation can work. Enjoy these rare photos of Snow Leopards: via @adavies47 @TheWCS

Even in Afghanistan, conservation can work. Enjoy these rare photos of Snow Leopards: via @adavies47 @TheWCS

Photos Courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society In the last twenty years, snow leopard populations have fallen by 20%, enough to merit a spot on the International Union for Conservation (IUCN ) endangered species list. But, thanks to efforts by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the government of Afghanistan, it looks like the big cats are making a come back. Camera traps located throughout Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor and a study by WCS conservationists show that snow leopards, notoriously hard to capture on film, are thriving. Snow leopards, which make their home in the mountainous regions of Asia, face a variety of man-made threats. The mountain goats and sheep that make up their diet are overhunted; the cats themselves are poached for their valuable bones (used in traditional Chinese medicine), and because they pose a threat to domesticated live stock. But the...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/camera-traps-reve...

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