Snow leop­ard is not so rare

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

THE elu­sive snow leop­ard – long con­sid­ered en­dan­gered – has been up­graded to “vul­ner­a­ble”, though con­ser­va­tion­ists warned that the new clas­si­fi­ca­tion does not mean they are safe.

The an­i­mals still face se­ri­ous chal­lenges, in­clud­ing poach­ing and a loss of prey in their high Hi­malayan habi­tat.

“The species still faces ‘a high risk of ex­tinc­tion in the wild’ and is likely still de­clin­ing – just not at the rate pre­vi­ously thought,” con­ser­va­tion group head Tom McCarthy said.

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