Reposted from @ - Snow leopards specialize in one of the harshest and most remote habitats on Earth. Well-adapted to the , dry conditions, snow leopards roam the high of Central and South up to elevations of 5,000m or more. Steep slopes, rocky crags and rugged terrain provide ideal hunting grounds for the stealthy .
One of the reasons why we need snow leopards is because they act as an indicator of the health of the entire in which they live, due to their position as the top (apex) in the food web. A diverse and abundant community of species—from insects and birds to mammals, reptiles and plants—must be sustained within the habitat for an apex predator to thrive.
There are no more than 6,000 snow leopards left in the wild across 12 countries. The Global and Ecosystem Protection Program, which we help to implement, helps save these great cats from extinction.
📷: Vlad Ushakov -