The Snow Leopard or Ounce, Panthera uncia is a very rare Asian big cat that lives at high altitude and is listed on the IUCN Red list of endangered species, this one photographed at Bronx Zoo. There could be few more than 4000 remaining in the wild. C.Paxton photo and copyright 2016
Midori Paxton with a copy of the new UNDP GEF book about Snow Leopards SILENT ROAR, so named because these relatives of the tiger are the only Big Cats that cannot roar. UNDP Photo from the International Snow Leopard Day commemoration event at the UN HQ in New York co-organized with the Kyrgyz government and partners of the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Programme.
For definitive information about the Snow Leopard along with fantastic images and infographics, you can learn about its significance, range, lifestyle, threats from hunting, habitat destruction and overgrazing, and the efforts being made to preserve it by UNDP with its key partners in community conservation, in the brand new UNDP GEF publication Silent Roar published last week.
We love the stylish and often subtle artwork including depictions of paw prints in the snow, too.
See the article Supporting The Silent for information about UNDP GEF funded work in Snow Leopard range states.
Want to help? You can sign the Care2 petiton in support of the efforts to protect Snow Leopards in their home range.
You can find out more and enjoy some stunning video footage at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/snow-leopards-kyrgyzstan-conservation-endangered/