Snow Leopards might face extinction due to climate change and other factors

By Raymond Valledor | October 26, 2015

Snow leopard (Panthera uncia) (Wikimedia Commons/Raik Thorstad)

Climate change is now another problem for a particular species of this planet and if left unsolved it might lead to the extinction of the snow leopard.

The snow leopard has experienced a decline in number due largely to poaching but according to the World Wildlife Fund climate change is now also a factor in its demise.

So far there are around 4,000 of these large cats left in the high mountains of Central Asia but WWF said that among them there are only 2,500 breeding adults to maintain their species and the effects of climate change has just made it more difficult to keep their number from decreasing further.

The warming temperature in the areas where the snow leopard resides has caused most of their habitat unsuitable for their species to thrive in.

According to the WWF, climate change caused a ripple effect on the areas where the snow leopard thrives. The increasing temperature in the mountains where snow leopards live has made some areas unsuitable for tree or plant growth, which as a result shifted the tree line much higher.

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