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Snow Leopard

Snow leopard (Irbis) is the only species of large cats that has adapted to live in harsh conditions of high mountains. It is almost impossible to see a snow leopard in the wild.
Status: endangered

The main threat to the snow leopard is poachers. They destroy snow leopards with the help of loops: deadly loops are tightened around the neck of rare cats.


Send the word «BARS» and the amount of your donation to number 3443.
For example, BARS 300.
And save a life of a snow leopard!
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What will the collected funds are used for?
  • 3 000 rubles — the cost of fuel for a snowmobile during the season of anti-poaching raids;
  • 8 000 rubles — organization of 1 day of anti-poaching raid to remove loops in the mountains — equipment and outfit for the inspector;
  • 25 000 rubles — a photo-trap for monitoring snow leopards.
Regular help for leopards
  • 2000 rubles a month will allow us to buy 1 photo-trap to monitor snow leopards;
  • 1000 rubles a month allow to supply fuel for one raid of anti-poaching brigade;
  • 500 rubles a month will help buy a set of winter uniforms for an inspector.

© WWF-Russia
© WWF-Russia

Facts about snow leopards

In April-June, the females of snow leopards give birth to two to five cubs. The first few days they sleep, huddled together. On the sixth-ninth day, the children open their eyes, on the tenth — they begin to crawl along the lair.

The leopard has the longest and furriest tail of all cats. Such a tail is needed to warm the kids. After all, it’s very cool where these leopards live, especially at night.

Snow leopard can jump a distance of 15 meters, surpassing in this even a puma, which jumps a maximum of 12 meters.

Snow leopard in the wild

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© / Reinhard / ARCO / WWF
© Klein and Habert / WWF
© National Geographic stock / Steve Winter / WWF
© National Geographic stock / Steve Winter / WWF
© Photo from photo trap
© Photo from photo trap
© Photo from photo trap
The number of snow leopards is decreasing!

The work on estimating the number of snow leopards on the Bolshoi Sayan and Kropotkinsky ridges has been carried out by specialists in the early spring. Based on the available data, experts of the IPEE RAS conclude that the number of rare predators and its main prey — the Siberian mountain goat — has decreased significantly in Buryatia in recent years. Specialists explain that the information about traces of the tracks and the predator itself is coming in less and less frequently — in this way, from the three expeditions in the Jombolok River basin in 1991, 2012 and 2016, during the latter there were no traces of the snow leopard found…