snowleopard
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals.
Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons

The Wildlife Conservation Society reports a surprising discovery of snow leopards in northeastern Afghanistan, caught in images by researchers using camera traps.

According to the story on CNN, the leopards have been found in one of the few locations in Afghanistan unaffected by war. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) says that these are the first camera trap photos taken of snow leopards in Afghanistan. “This is a wonderful discovery — it shows that there is real hope for snow leopards in Afghanistan…Now our goal is to ensure that these magnificent animals have a secure future as a key part of Afghanistan’s natural heritage,” said Peter Zahler, deputy director of WCS.

The endangered snow leopards have been nearly wiped out due to poaching, being targeted by shepherds who believe the leopards attack their livestock, and have also fallen victim to illegal trade of big cats. This new discovery gives some hope that their population, declined 20% in the past 16 years and now estimated to consist of 4,500-7,500 snow leopards in the wild of Central Asia, may recover.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

View all posts by Jennifer Mishler →
  • http://www.unicorndisco.com Kyle Noble Quandel

    let’s hope this beautiful cat doesn’t become a casualty of war