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International Snow Leopard Day 2021

International Snow Leopard Day:

Oct 23 is recognised as International Snow Leopard Day

  • The day came into being with the adoption of the Bishkek Declaration by 12 countries on the conservation of snow leopards.

Snow Leopard:

  • Scientific name: Panthera uncia.
  • Habitat: Snow leopards live in the mountains of Central Asia.
  • Numbers: There are only between 3,920 and 6,390 snow leopards left in the wild.
  • Range extends through twelve countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
  • Conservation Status: Snow leopards were considered endangered species until 2017 but the status was changed to vulnerable later in the year.
  • As per reports, India is home to about 450-500 snow leopards which can be spotted in the upper Himalayan regions of the country.