No longer listed as endangered, snow leopards are making a recovery.
No longer listed as endangered, snow leopards are making a recovery. Richard Vogel

Snow leopard vulnerable

SNOW leopards have been taken off the endangered list and categorised as vulnerable.

But the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global standard for assessing extinction risk, warned that the animal still faced serious threats.

The change comes after a three-year assessment, 45 years after the creature's listing as endangered.

The decline of the central Asia species may have slowed due to a series of conservation projects.

One of the assessors, Dr Tom McCarthy, the head of the Snow Leopard Program at big cat charity Panthera, said: "The species still faces a high risk of extinction in the wild and is likely still declining - just not at the rate previously thought.”

The cats have been threatened by poachers, climate change and infrastructure developments.

The reclassification to "vulnerable” means there are fewer than 10,000 breeding snow leopards left. - INM



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