16 Jul '12, 2pm

Snow leopards may lose 30% of habitat to #climate change, says new WWF study. Photos + details:

For the endangered animals of our planet—like the rare and regal snow leopard—climate change means much more than hotter days and intensified storms. These creatures face the prospect of a significant transformation of the habitats that sustain them. A new WWF study raises concerns about the possible impact of global climate change on snow leopard habitat. This elusive, solitary cat—with an estimated population between 4,000 and 6,500— lives across a vast area of northern and central Asia, including the Himalayan Mountains. In the Himalayas, snow leopards live in high alpine areas above treeline and generally below 16,000 feet, where they stealthily track their prey. WWF’s study used on-the-ground tracking efforts in high elevation areas and computer modeling to determine the impacts of various warming scenarios on the Himalayan portion of the snow leopard range. Warming a...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2012/WWFPres...

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