Friday, 4 December 2009

Wildlife: Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard Uncia uncia is a secretive big cat that lives in the high, rocky, rugged mountains of Central Asia. It is an endangered species with between 3500 and 7000 thought to be in the wild. Countries where they are found include Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, southern Russia, Talikistan and Uzbekistan. Snow Leopards typically live above 3000 metres (about 9800 feet). They are notoriously difficult to see, though in recent years local guides and researchers in some of the above countries have started to take visitors on treks to track them and observe them. For more on this magnificent animal see the Snow Leopard Trust.

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