Thursday, 26 October 2017

ARTICLE: International Snow Leopard Day

Snow leopard.jpgThat the Snow Leopard faces extinction ought to give us all cause for alarm. For this magnificent creature is king of the ecosystem, given his status as the leading predator when it comes to regulating wildlife population.

He faces threat both from the environment and mankind; including climate change, reduced prey and surges in human population. Yet above all is he hunted. His skin, after all, is known to sell for rather handsome amounts. And then his bones are prized by practitioners of traditional medicine. There are those, too, who profit from keeping him in captivity whether at the circus or at the zoo. And even when he is not being deliberately hunted down — he still remains under fire. 


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