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Living with snow leopards in a changing climate

03 Mar 2023

With a global range spanning over 1,7 million km 2 and twelve countries in Asia, snow leopard numbers are very difficult to assess. Estimates from several sources, including the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), set the population between 3 500 to 7 500 individuals in the wild. Threats such as poaching, habitat loss and the impact of climate change make conserving the “ghost of the mountain” a challenge.

UNEP’s Vanishing Treasures programme focuses on Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, two Central Asian countries famous for hosting snow leopards in their mountain ranges. With an estimated 550-680 individuals, they are key countries for the conservation of the species.

Snow leopard photo: ANCOT

Status: Completed

Type: StoryMaps

Year of publication: 2023

Tags: snow leopard wildlife

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