Snow leop­ards off dan­ger list

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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