|image copyright Snow Leopard Conservancy|
|Snow Leopard photographed at the Bronx Zoo|
The snow leopard is, of course, named for its coat, an off white almost yellowish color. It has huge paws that not only help it kill its prey (typically blue sheep and ibex, but also rodents and ground birds), but also makes climbing its rocky home easier. The fur on the bottom of its pads help give it traction. It has a very long tail, about the length of its body, to give it tremendous balance. All adaptations that allow it to live in its inhospitable home.
|Snow Leopard kitten and mother at the Bronx Zoo|
According to the Snow Leopard Conservancy, there are only 4,500-7,500 left in the wild, placing them on the list of endangered species. They suffer from shrinking habitat and the loss of prey as a consequence. But they are also illegally hunted for their fur as well as their bones that are used for Asian medicines. Plus they are sometimes killed by farmers to protect livestock.
That is why organizations like the Conservancy are so important. Within their efforts to save these gorgeous cats, they assist and educate local farmers and herders to more effectively manage their livestock while limiting the threat to leopards. If you purchase the DVD, you will be directly helping them in their efforts. But take a look at the rest of their website. They have other Snow Leopard items for sale and you can even adopt a cat!
by Dave McBride (@RadioHarambe) and Safari Mike (@JamboEveryone)