protection of snow leopord in China

Added On October 25, 2018

October 23 marks the International Snow Leopard Day.
In China, the number of snow leopards has been rising in recent years, thanks to a series of ecological protection policies.
Still, researchers are calling for more efforts to promote protection of snow leopards and their habitats.
Let's take a look.
The snow leopard is a Class-A protected animal in China.The International Union for Conservation of Nature classified it as endangered-to-vulnerable.
There is an estimated population of 4,500 to 7,500 living in the wild globally. About 60 percent of its habitats are in China.
In addition to the 26 existing nature reserves, China has been exploring building national parks since 2017 to further protect the animal.
The Sanjiangyuan and Mount Qilian national parks currently under construction will provide a combined protected area of 200,000 square kilometers, helping to expand and improve the species.
Reports showed that climate change and lack of community support are the main threats that snow leopards are facing. Poaching, habitat fragmentation and human activities also affect the population of the species.
Researchers have called for government efforts in strengthening monitoring of protected areas and raising public awareness of the animal.