The snow leopard is a large cat native to alpine and subalpine ranges of eastern Afghanistan, Mongolia and western China. It can climb steep slopes and leap six times the length of its body. Snow leopards play a key role as both top predator and as an indicator of the health of their high-altitude habitat. Their natural prey is becoming harder to find, so they are forced to kill livestock for survival, and are thus often killed by local farmers. The snow leopard habitat range continues to decline due to human settlement and increased use of grazing space.
Scientific Name: Panthera uncia
Estimated population: 3,500 - 7,000
Location: Central Asia
Faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future.
Faces a high risk of extinction in the near future.
Faces a high risk of endangerment in the medium term.