Mammalthon 2: Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia)
Here’s the first of several mammals requested by my dad for this second 24-Hour Mammal Marathon. A nice start, this furry and beautiful animal, don’t you think? Snow leopards live in the mountains of central Asia and are very endangered. They’re hunted for their coats, used in traditional Asian medicines, and killed when they prey on livestock. Then there’s the ubiquitous habitat destruction, not only of the snow leopard’s habitat but also that of its prey, which means it has trouble finding food.
The ‘thon is on!