Snow leopard skins confiscated in
The endangered snow leopard is threatened by habitat loss and poaching.
16 Mar 2006
“There is an illegal trade network of leopard skins here in
The threats facing snow leopards include habitat fragmentation and uncontrolled hunting, especially as demand for their pelts and other body parts is high. Although it is difficult to assess the present-day scale of trade, snow leopard hunting has been reported from most central Asian range States and the Russian Federation since political and economic instability was ushered in by the dissolution of the Soviet Union at the beginning of the 1990s.
In 2004, two people were found in
“The transboudary trade of snow leopard skins is relatively easy as there are poor customs and border checks,” Onon added.
Although protected under national and international law, the snow leopard (Uncia uncia) remains a highly endangered species, with only about 4,500–7,350 found throughout a range of 12 countries – Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The population in
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Tuyachimeg, Communications Officer
Joanna Benn, Commucations Officer
WWF Global Species Programme
Tel: +39 06 84 497 212
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Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
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