The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has declared that snow leopards are no longer endangered. The leopard's population has steadily improved, largely due to effective conservation and awareness programs. It was an endangered species for the last 45 years.
“Thanks to significant investments in conservation for this species, including anti-poaching efforts, initiatives to reduce conflict with livestock, and awareness-raising programs, conditions in parts of the Snow Leopard’s range have improved,” the IUCN said in a statement.
A species should be fewer than 2500 in number to be deemed as endangered. According to experts, there are more than 4000 mature adult snow leopards in the wild today.
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Updated Date: Sep 21, 2017 17:18:55 IST