Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Snow Leopard Conservation in India ---- The Challenge Ahead

It is sad to say this, that Wildlife Lovers in India seem to be more obsessed with Tiger Conservation as compared to Snow Leopard Conservation which has been sadly left in the deep freeze.

Wild Snow Leopards are found only in 5 States in India whereas Wild Tigers are found in 18 States all across India.

I strongly believe that Wild Snow Leopards are more deserving of our attention as compared to Wild Tigers who have numerous advocates and defenders in their favour.

Wild Snow Leopards number only an estimated 500 Plus Individuals at the most in India. They are mostly found in States in India like Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Hemis National Park in Ladakh is possibly the perfect place to spot a wild snow leopard in its natural habitat.

The Snow Leopard is a Big Cat Predator that is naturally secretive, well camouflaged among the craggy slopes and ravines of the snow capped Himalayas and most often than not it is usually solitary.

Snow Leopards are active in their natural habitat at night and in the twilight hours of dusk and dawn amid the most formidable tumult of snow capped mountains in India namely the mighty Himalayas.

Finally, what is very sad about Wild Snow Leopards is that many of them are trapped in the snares of poachers for their magnificent and luxurious skin.

Credits and References :

Out of the Shadows
By Douglas H. Chadwick
Pages 112-114
National Geographic Magazine
June 2008
Vol -- 213, N0-6


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