The upper Himlayan regions as you know are most rugged and hostile for ordinary lives because of mountain ridges and inhospitable vast expanses with extreme cold climate. But the beautiful Snow Leopard is a happy inhabitant there.
Thick grey-colored fur and the broken spot markings merge well with the nature around. Its movement and hunting are facilitated by the short limbs and powerful paws, The long tail helps to keep its nose warm; it also balances during steep climbing. This tail is about one meter long, or almost equal to the length of its remaining body.
Destruction of its habitat, poaching for its beautiful fur coat and killing by shepherds go on unchecked, and as a result, their number is fast dwindling leading to potential extinction if unchecked. There are roughly between 5000 and 7000 snow leopards are alive in a vast area of their habitat of two million square miles spread over in Central Asia and the Himalayas.
In India, which is one of the important countries for this snow leopard, about 200 to 600 snow leopards are noted in the Himalayan range. Efforts are on to enhance their safety and welfare with good government support in the form of Project Snow Leopard similar to earlier projects like Project Tiger and Project Elephant.
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