03 Aug '17, 10am

Snow leopard numbers are dropping at an alarming rate. Can you take a minute to help?

Snow leopard numbers are dropping at an alarming rate. Can you take a minute to help?

Poaching: Snow leopards have long been killed for their beautiful fur, but their bones and other body parts are also used in traditional Asian medicine. The illegal trade in snow leopard parts seems to be increasing. Conflict with communities: Herders sometimes kill snow leopards in retaliation for attacking their livestock. And the decline in the snow leopard’s natural prey – due to hunting, competition from increasing livestock herds, and habitat loss – is forcing them to rely more on livestock for food and increasing the risk of retaliatory killings. Habitat loss: Snow leopards need vast areas to thrive but expanding human and livestock populations are rapidly encroaching on their habitat. New roads, mines and other economic developments are also fragmenting their remaining range. Changing climate: All these threats will be exacerbated by the impact of climate change on...

Full article: https://www.wwf.org.uk/campaigns/savesnowleopards?pc=VCV0...

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