Snow Leopard

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Wildlife officials in Arunachal Pradesh await results of a survey to ascertain the presence of the elusive snow leopard in the Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve.


  • The snow leopard has never been spotted nor recorded in the Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The belief that the national park is also the habitat of the snow leopard is based on the claim of a hunter from the Lisu ethnic community that he possessed the skin of the snow leopard.

Snow leopards:

  • Snow leopards are native to the alpine regions of Central Asia.
  • The 12 snow-leopard range countries are – Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Russia and Uzbekistan.
  • In India, snow leopards inhabit the higher Himalayan and trans-Himalayan region at an altitude between 3,000-5,400 metres.
  • Snow leopard states are Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh.


  • It is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN red list of threatened species.
  • It is protected under Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
  • Also, it is listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).


Source : The Hindu