On Friday it was revealed that the snow leopard has officially been downgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable,” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In an announcement, the IUCN said, “It is essential to continue and expand conservation efforts to reverse its declining trend and prevent this iconic cat from moving even closer to extinction.” However, the organization adds that the snow leopard is still in danger as they continue to face habitat loss, diminishing prey, competition with livestock, persecution, and poaching. Recent estimates place the global snow leopard population around 4,000—on the lower end of the IUCN’s scale between endangered and vulnerable.
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