Snow Leopards May Lose 30% of Himalayan Habitat Due to Climate Change

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Snow leopards are already endangered, with about 4000-6500 of them left worldwide, but new research shows that climate change may make them even more endangered. It's really pretty matter of fact.

Scientists from WWF have determined that on our current greenhouse gas emission trajectory 30% of the snow leopards' habitat in the Himalaya may be lost as the treeline moves higher, and the cats' preferred alpine habitat becomes warmer and wetter.

In addition to the direct threat from habitat loss, the study notes that as treelines rise and snow leopard habitat gets reduce, it may also bring them increasingly into contact with humans, potentially increasing retaliatory killings when the leopards prey on livestock.

Tags: Endangered Species | Global Climate Change | Global Warming Effects