Ali Armstrong

Snow Leopards (Panthera Uncia)

Alison ArmstrongComment

48x48 gallery wrapped acrylic painting of endangered snow leopards. Reference photo taken by my husband.

%10 of proceeds from this painting will go to the Snow Leopard Trust. "Our community-based conservation programs aim to break this cycle of poverty and create incentives for herders to protect local wildlife and ecosystems"" 

Every day at least one snow leopard is killed. These beautiful cats live in the high mountains of central Asia. They live in twelve countries including, Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Conservation Status: Endangered

Estimated population: 4,080-6,590. 

Major threats: Competition with humans over natural food sources, hunting, habitat loss and illegal trade. 

Snow leopards are perfectly designed to live in the frigid, high-altitude climate of the Himalayas. They have huge furry paws that act as natural snowshoes, a long furry tail that helps them balance (and double as a scarf), and an enlarged nasal cavity to breathe the thin air and thick fur for insulation. 

To find out more about these cats visit:

https://www.snowleopard.org/snow-leopard-facts/

http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/snow-leopard

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/s/snow-leopard/

 

 

 

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