Snow Leopard Survey

  • India will commission its first-ever survey to estimate the population and geographical range of the snow leopard, an elusive and endangered predator.
  • The snow leopard is found along the upper reaches of the Himalayan range and, in India, it is reported to have a presence in Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The snow leopard is found in 12 countries — India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
  • It is the State animal of Himachal Pradesh and the National Heritage Animal of Pakistan.
  • IUCN Red list status – Vulnerable, CITES – Appendix I
  • Inhospitable terrain and the reclusive nature of the animal have so far made a scientific estimation impossible.
  • The Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program, GSLEP : To conserve the species, President Almazbek Atambayev of the Kyrgyz Republic hosted the first World Forum on the conservation of the snow leopard and its ecosystems in Bishkek in 2013. The event has galvanised the international snow leopard community, and has become a starting point for an unprecedented joint effort to save this unique animal: The Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program, GSLEP. Under this program, snow leopard range countries have committed to securing 20 landscapes across the cat’s range by 2020.

Source: TH