The beautiful and exotic snow leopard has been listed as 'endangered' since 1972, but a glimmer of hope is now peaking through for these embattled mountain cats. After a 3-year assessment of population decline rates, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has upgraded the status of the snow leopard to 'vulnerable.'


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"The species still faces a high risk of extinction in the wild and is likely still declining," conservationist Tom McCarthy stated. "Just not at the rate previously thought." Snow leopards are heavily hunted for their thick skin and bones, leading to a rapidly decreasing adult population in the wild. While the world should still be extremely worried about the status of snow leopards, we can at least celebrate their new condition as a small victory in the fight for their survival.

Snow leopards are native to Central Asia, and are therefore considered important symbols of native culture in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and parts of Russia. Scroll down to celebrate this stunning feline in all of its glory, and vote for the photos that make you wish you could adopt one.

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Snow Leopard

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Vlad Horobet 2 months ago

This is the reason they are endangered... Leopard in the back is like : "god damn it moon moon, not again..."

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#2

This Snow Leopard Cub Would Like A Belly Rub Please

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Hope Floats 2 months ago

So soft and fluffy and gorgeous. ..

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Snow Leopard

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Vlad Horobet 2 months ago

I'm a hunter. I caught the fluffy danger noodle that was following me.

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#4

Got It!

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Iapetos 2 months ago

Parenting...

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Unlike Many Other Big Cats, Snow Leopards Are Not Aggressive Towards Humans. There Has Never Been A Verified Snow Leopard Attack On A Human Being

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Vlad Horobet 2 months ago

How i sleep during the weekends knowing that is no alarm clock to wake me up to go to work.

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Snow Leopard

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Vlad Horobet 2 months ago

This guy makes a pretty good mime.

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Snow Leopards

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Flinkie 2 months ago

Kitten Luv

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#8

Shit Happens

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ugaas wiilhoog 2 months ago

Reminds me of kung fu panda, the villain Tai Lung.

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Snow Leopard Cubs

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Vlad Horobet 2 months ago

snow leopard avalanche... It's raining leopards and leopards...

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Snow Leopard Cub

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Flinkie 2 months ago

Peek-a-bo! <3

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