The snow leopard Panthera uncia , also known as the ounce , is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is threatened by poaching and habitat destruction following infrastructural developments. In the northern range countries, it also occurs at lower elevations. Taxonomically , the snow leopard was long classified in the monotypic genus Uncia. It is therefore regarded a monotypic species.
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15 amazing snow leopard facts
But researchers in the Altai mountains, where the borders of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China converge, are increasingly coming face to face with this endangered animal through a growing network of camera traps. No one knows how many snow leopards there are in Russia, although poaching and illegal snares are thought to have reduced the population to less than 70 out of a global population of at least 4, About 40 researchers from NGOs including the World Wildlife Fund, national parks, and state wildlife protection authorities are conducting the first ever nationwide snow leopard census, hoping that exact information about its numbers and range will highlight the need for conservation measures such as expanding protected areas. The footage the camera traps provide is the closest look yet at a creature that resides in some of the most remote and inaccessible mountains in the world, from the Himalayas to the Tian Shan in Central Asia to the Altai and Sayan ranges in Siberia. In Sailyugem, where winter temperatures can drop below C and there are no roads besides a few dirt tracks, rangers drive jeeps and four-wheelers along the rocky frozen rivers at the bottom of each valley and hike up steep mountainsides on horseback or by foot to reach far-flung snow leopard habitats.
Snow leopards have evolved to live in some of the harshest conditions on Earth. Their white-gray coat spotted with large black rosettes blends in perfectly with the steep and rocky mountains of Central Asia. Map data provided by IUCN. Its hind legs give the snow leopard the ability to leap six times the length of its body. A long tail provides balance and agility and also wraps around the resting snow leopard as protection from the cold.