Snow Leopard Population Reaches All Time Low

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BBC Wildlife Magazine

Snow leopards have been considered endangered since the year of 1986. The issue has become even more substandard, that they have been titled vulnerable as of 2017. There is not an exact known quantity of how many snow leopards still exist, however it has been estimated that there are between 2,710 and 3,386.

According to the Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, the snow leopard population has declined approximately 20% throughout the past 2 generations.  

In the report of snowleopardconservancy.org,  Several parts of snow leopards are commonly used to create conventional medicine, as a substitute for the bones of tigers. Snow leopards are imposed to hunt livestock, rather than their prey of sheep, being often hunted by humans. Their domains are anticipated to increase to be three degrees warmer, destroying their water and vegetation system. 

Humans take a large part in the cruelty and killing of snow leopards. As of 2016, humans have killed as many as 450 snow leopards. Supposedly one snow leopard is being killed and marketed each day. In total, 220 to 450 snow leopards are being killed each year. According to panthera-snowleopard.weebly.com, poaching, hunting, and livestock grazing, humans are causing threats to the future snow leopard population. 

Today, animal conservation groups are attempting to maintain the snow leopard populations. Insurance plans are being offered to cover the livestock deaths. Protected areas and borders are established during climate change. Many organizations have been created regarding the decreasing number of snow leopards and other troubled animals. These include Snow leopard Conservancy, IUCN, and Snow Leopard.org.