When I started this blog I had intended to make it primarily about jaguars. But like so many others, I could not help but be enthralled by snow leopards (Panthera uncia). They are magnificent creatures: perfectly adapted to life in the tallest mountains on Earth. They are also endangered.
Snow leopards naturally live at low densities, because life in the high mountains is hard. Add to that high levels of poaching, deaths from human-wildlife conflicts, increasing damage to mountain landscapes from mining and other extractive industries, and illegal trade in snow leopard body parts – and the situation starts to look grim.
Thankfully the leaders of all 12 snow leopard range countries are meeting in August. They met for the first time in 2013, in order to decide how to reverse the snow leopard’s decline. While progress has been made since then, it is not enough. The Snow Leopard Trust has begun circulating a petition to urge the leaders of these 12 countries to commit to greater action for snow leopards. It asks them to address poaching and livestock-related conflicts, push for sustainable development, and to work collaboratively with local communities.
Please consider signing the Snow Leopard Trust’s petition. It will only take a moment, and you will be helping to secure the future of one of the most extraordinary animals on Earth.