Majestic and elusive, the snow leopard makes its home
in one of the harshest, most remote environments of the world.
Uniquely adapted to the soaring mountain ranges of Central Asia, their thick, spotted fur makes them virtually invisible to the naked eye while keeping them warm in sub-zero temperatures. They can leap spectacular
distances to catch prey on rocky cliffs and are adapted to extreme altitudes—some have been spotted roaming at elevations of over 16,000 feet. With quiet grace, they have ruled the mountains for centuries.
Sadly, these magnificent animals have been steadily disappearing from the mountains for many decades. A booming black market trade in their fur and bones (for traditional Asian medicines) and rural poverty have combined
to decrease the odds that these cats will still roam wild
in the next century.
The Snow Leopard Trust has been working since 1981 to prevent the loss of the wild snow leopard. Founded on the belief that the participation of local people is essential to long-term success, the Trust has partnered
with communities throughout Asia. The result has been sustainable, local conservation programs that meet both the needs of the community and effectively protect snow leopards, their key prey species, and their habitat.
To learn more, including how you can help,
please visit www.snowleopard.org
International Snow Leopard Trust
4649 Sunnyside Ave.N. #325
Seattle, WA 98103