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Why is the Snow Leopard Endangered? - Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Snow leopards are amazing animals; however, they are also endangered. In this lesson, you will learn about some of the reasons why there are so few snow leopards left in the world.

What is a Snow Leopard?

What did one snow leopard say to the other snow leopard?

'I'm snow glad you're still around.'

Unfortunately, this is not just a funny joke; it's a reality for the world's snow leopards. This shy, rarely seen animal is endangered and on the verge of not existing anymore.


Snow leopard
snow leopard


Currently, only about 3,500-7,000 snow leopards remain on earth. By comparison, there are over 73 million dogs in the United States alone. That means for every snow leopard that is still alive, there are about 10,000 dogs just in our country!

Snow leopards live on the Asian continent. Their habitat includes the rocky ground and steep cliffs of mountainsides. Known for their snow-white fur, which is sometimes yellowish or grayish, the snow leopard is made for the cold temperatures on the mountainside.

So, why are snow leopards endangered? Unfortunately, it has a lot to do with people.

What is Poaching?

If someone offered you a million dollars to do something that you knew was against the law, would you do it? One big reason that snow leopards are endangered is because of poaching. Poachers illegally kill snow leopards, even though they are endangered, and sell the animals for money.

The snow leopard's thick, white fur is highly sought after to make fur clothing. Additionally, people buy their bones, skins, and organs and grind them up to make medicine. Just think: if you lived in Asia and had an ear infection or strep throat, you might have to take snow leopard pills!

What is Overgrazing?

Have you ever had someone steal your food? Maybe your brother or sister ate the last cookie or grabbed the last piece of delicious chicken at dinner. Unfortunately, people are causing the snow leopard's food to go away, but in a much different way.


Snow leopard eating
eating


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