Snow leopards found in Afghanistan

2011-07-15 15:17
Bangkok - A wildlife group says a healthy population of snow leopards, elusive big cats threatened across their mountainous ranges in Asia, has been found in one of the few peaceful areas of Afghanistan.

The New York-based World Conservation Society said this week that camera traps have documented the secretive, usually solitary animals at 16 different locations across the Wakhan Corridor, a long panhandle in northeastern Afghanistan free from the insurgency that plagues most of the country.

Listed as globally threatened, only some 4 500 to 7 500 snow leopards survive, scattered across a dozen countries in the high country of Central Asia.

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