Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

The snow leopard  is a moderately large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central Asia.The classification of this species has been subject to change, and as of 2000, it is still classified as Uncia uncia by MSW3and  Appendix. However, with more recent genetic studies the snow leopard is now generally considered as Panthera uncia and classified as such by. Classically, two subspecies have been attributed, but genetic differences between the two have not been settled. The snow leopard is listed on the  Red List of Threatened Species as globally Endangered. Snow leopards are National Heritage Animal of Pakistan.Snow leopards occupy alpine and subalpine areas generally 3,350 to 6,700 metres  above sea level in Central Asia. McCarthy and Chapron  compiled national snow leopard population estimates, updating the work of Fox. Many of the estimates are acknowledged to be rough and out of date, but the total estimated population is 4,150-7,350. However, the global snow leopard effective population size  is suspected to be fewer than 2,500.

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