The IUCN Red List estimates that snow leopard populations are decreasing by 20% in the last 16 years. Habitat loss and prey base loss are contributing factors, along with poaching. Poaching was especially widespread in the former Soviet Republics in the 1990s, but conditions for snow leopards have improved in these countries. Snow leopard habitats have been listed as National Parks in many countries, but some regions are still too small to preserve viable populations.
Currently, snow leopard populations are estimated in the thousands, but many live in small, isolated populations due to conflict, geography, and war zones. While these numbers are still declining, many conservation programs are stepping up to help save snow leopards. Learn more about the programs listed on our Projects Page. And don’t forget to visit our website often for the latest news on snow leopard conservation efforts! You’ll be glad you did!
Besides hunting, the biggest threat to snow leopard populations is human interference. Humans have destroyed their habitat and killed snow leopards to protect livestock. Because they feed on domestic livestock, some villagers have killed snow leopards as a form of retaliation. It’s important to understand the reasons for these actions. Listed below are some of the causes. These factors are responsible for snow leopards’ decline in numbers.
The snow leopard lives in mountainous regions of central and south Asia. They are found in at least twelve countries: China, Mongolia, Pakistan, Bhutan, Russia, and Nepal. Snow leopards eat a variety of prey, including mountain sheep and goats, as well as pikas. Other threats include climate change, habitat loss, and conflict with local communities. These factors make snow leopards increasingly vulnerable to extinction.