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Snow Leopard Conservation

Snow Leopard Conservation | Science Animals and Conservation #1 | Scoop.it
Colin Cheung's insight:

1.  A number of governments have also created national parks in order to preserve and protect Snow Leopard habitat.

2. Wild Snow Leopards are rarely seen, therefore indirect methods are usually used to track animals and estimate population sizes

3. Scientists go out into Snow Leopard territory to try to learn as much about the animals as possible

4. Indirect studies include setting up cameras or analyzing trails left by Snow Leopards including tracks, scrapings, feces, or urine-sprays

5. Many private conservation agencies have also been created to save the Snow Leopards.

6. These agencies implement a number of different programs aimed at research, education and preservation.

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Snow Leopard | Threats to Snow Leopards | Defenders of Wildlife

Snow Leopard | Threats to Snow Leopards | Defenders of Wildlife | Science Animals and Conservation #1 | Scoop.it
Colin Cheung's insight:

1. Snow leopards are facing a distinct threat from climate change. 

2.  As climate change causes temperatures to ruse, snow lines are receding, which means that snow leopards must move further up the mountain slopes as well.

3. As snow leopards get to higher elevations, the vegetation becomes more scarce, which means that the herbivores that they prey on are in limited supply as well, and the leopards are having trouble finding enough food

4.  Snow leopards are also illegally hunted for the fur trade.

5. Snow leopard bones and body parts are also used for traditional Asian medicine. 

6. As humans expand their farm and grazing areas for livestock herds they are encroaching more into the snow leopards territories resulting in increased conflict with humans when snow leopards attack livestock during times when their natural prey is scarce.

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Threats to Snow Leopards: Learn Threats & Conservation Efforts for the Endangered Snow Leopard

Threats to Snow Leopards: Learn Threats & Conservation Efforts for the Endangered Snow Leopard | Science Animals and Conservation #1 | Scoop.it
Learn the threats to Snow Leopards and find out how they made in on the Endangered Species list. Snow Leopards are graceful, agile, powerful creatures close to becoming extinct.
Colin Cheung's insight:

1. About fifteen large parks in Asia have been set aside as snow leopard refuges, and over 600 leopards are kept in zoos around the world.

2. Recently, researchers invented a new livestock corral for Himalayan herders that keeps leopards out.

3. Conservation organizations like the Snow Leopard Trust have worked to foster appreciation for the magnificent creatures.

4. Over 600 leopards are kept in zoos around the world.

5. Rodney Jackson, one of the top snow leopard researchers in the world, notes that villagers who once despised the leopards now call them the “ornaments of the mountains".

6. The human denizens of Central Asia have long thought of the snow leopard as a deadly enemy to be removed from their world.

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