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Snow Leopards in the Wakhan Corridor

 

 

A snow leopard in its habitat at the Bronx Zoo. Snow leopards inhabit the mountain ranges of Asia and rarely descend below 6,000 feet. They have luxurious fur that is highly regarded in the fur trade. Photo by James L. Amos, c. NGS.

Good news about an endangered species: the Associated Press reports that snow leopards have been found at various locations throughout Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor. Conservationist George Schaller hopes to create a preserve for the big cats.

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