21 Oct '16, 3am

Hundreds of snow leopards poached each year

Snow Leopard mother and cub. © David Lawson / WWF-UK New York, USA, 21st October 2016 —With possibly as few as 4,000 snow leopards surviving in the wild, a new report from TRAFFIC has found that hundreds of the endangered big cats are being killed illegally each year across their range in Asia’s high mountains. Published ahead of today’s UN meeting on snow leopards and International Snow Leopard Day on Sunday, An Ounce of Prevention: Snow leopard crime revisited estimates that between 221-450 snow leopards have been poached annually since 2008 – a minimum of 4 per week. But this number could be substantially higher since many killings in remote areas go undetected. Combatting poaching and illegal trade of snow leopards is a key objective of the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), which unites all 12 snow leopard range countries with intergovernmental ...

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