23 October observed as a World Snow Leopard Day every year in the world. The aim of the day is to show the importance of snow leopard conservation and raise awareness about this incredible animal. World Snow Leopard Day also emphasizes the importance of taking measures to stop poaching, as well as consolidating efforts in terms of an environmental organization in the countries of the snow leopard range.
In 2014, The first Snow Leopard Day observed. The day was initiated by the countries that encompass the snow leopard’s range. They include Afganistan, Bhutan, China, India, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. On The day In 2013, these countries signed the Bishkek Declaration regarding the conservation of the snow leopard. This happened in Kyrgyzstan’s Bishkek at the very first Global Snow Leopard Forum.
It is a captivating and powerful animals. However, they are also vulnerable to loss of prey and poaching. These animals are distributed sparsely across 12 different countries in Central Asia. They tend to be found in rugged, high mountain landscapes, at elevations between 3,000 and 4,500 m. The key to protecting this species is raising awareness.
Snow Leopard Landscape
Snow Leopard Landscape is a region that has a minimum of 100 breeding age snow leopards with adequate support of prey population.
Indian Snow Leopards
Snow Leopards are spread in Indian States like Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and eastern Himalayan areas.
Snow Leopard Survey in India
In 2019, first Snow Leopard Survey was conducted in India. India has 10 per cent of global snow leopard population.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature Status of Snow Leopard is “vulnerable”. It was changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable” in 2017. It is listed in Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Under CITES, it is listed in Appendix I.
Project Snow Leopard
In 2009, Project Snow Leopard was launched in India. GoI Survey project was launched in states where the population of snow leopard are found. They are Arunachal Pradesh, J&K, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and HP.
23 October World Snow Leopard Day