Snow Leopard

Status and Threats

Snow leopard © Zahoor Salimi / WWF-Pakistan. rel=
Snow leopard © Zahoor Salmi / WWF-Pakistan
© Zahoor Salmi/WWF-Pakistan

It is listed as endangered according to IUCN Red list of mammals. Snow leopards are listed on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which makes it illegal to transport any snow leopard parts across international borders.

Poaching, declining prey populations, rangeland overuse, competition with livestock, and retributive killing are the main factors behind the species’ continuing decline and classification as an endangered species.

Did you know?

Attempting to import a snow leopard hide into the USA is punishable by a fine of up to a $25,000.

In Nepal such trade could mean a 5-15 year jail sentence.