Leopards, including Snow Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Amur Leopards, and Spotted Leopards, are all under threat from poaching and illegal trade.
Of these, the Snow Leopard Panthera uncia is one of the most vulnerable to extinction, with approximately only 4,000 left in the wild and a range that has been significantly eroded by human encroachment and climate change. Leopard skins and body parts continue to enter the illegal wildlife trade in Asia, where they are still prized as symbols of wealth and status as well as for use in various traditional remedies.
of Snow Leopards occurs in China, Mongolia, Pakistan, India and Tajikistan
Snow Leopards are thought to remain in the wild
Critically Endangered Amur Leopards are thought to remain in the wild
leopards were estimated to have been trafficked in India between 2001–2010
Our analysis confirms the alarming scale of illegal killing of leopards, particularly Snow Leopards, and should be seen as a wake-up call to ramp up transboundary counter measures and commitmentsJames Compton, Senior Director – Asia Pacific
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Changing attitudes, knowledge and consumer behaviour is a crucial element in the fight to save endangered wildlife. We're currently implementing Social and Behavioural Change Communications initiatives in Asian countries/territories to address consumer consumption.
Various projects combating wildlife crime in source and destination countries are working to protect leopards from poaching and illegal trade, both physical and online. Find out more about how we're working to keep leopard numbers up.
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