Snow leopards off danger list
The elusive snow leopard – long considered endangered – has been upgraded to “vulnerable,” but conservationists warned the new classification does not mean they are safe.
The reclassification was announced by the Swissbased International Union for Conservation of Nature and followed a three-year assessment that determined there are not fewer than 2,500 mature snow leopards in the wild, and that their numbers are not in steep decline the two criteria for being considered “endangered.”
Experts now estimate about 4,000 live in the wild, though there could be as many as 10,000.
They live high in the Himalayas.