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First International Snow Leopard Day 23rd October

International Snow Leopard DayDear readers, you might feel great snow leopard excitement today.

Thursday October 23rd 2014 is the first ever International Snow Leopard Day, celebrated by snow leopard NGO’s. There will be many special awareness raising and educational activities in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Bishkek was the venue for the Global Snow Leopard and Eco-system Protection program launch in October last year. All 12 range countries came together to work to protect snow leopards across their high mountain country boundaries.

This initiative, spear headed by the President Almazbek Atambayev with the support of snow leopard NGO’s, the World bank, WWF and others is bringing the focus on saving snow leopards in threatened habitats over the next 6 years.

The Snow Leopard Network, the community of over 500 snow leopard researchers, conservationists, scientists, biologists and others has today launched it’s updated Snow Leopard Survival Strategy 2014.1 – a completely revised document on the current status of the endangered cat in it’s 12 range countries, the threats facing it and the best practice conservation programs already in place to help it secure a future and to support the people sharing it’s habitat.

Snow leopards are among the most enigmatic and difficult to study of the large wild cats. It is estimated that only around 4,500 to 6500 cats survive in the wild today.

Saving Snow Leopards Report joins the Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) and the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) in celebrating the first ever Snow Leopard Day. We hope dear reader of this blog, you have a wonderful day and help support any way you can – spread the word, donate to the SLT and SLC or purchase some wonderful snow leopard craft products.


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