Snow leopards found in Afghanistan
Denis D Gray
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.