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Snow leopards no longer considered 'endangered'

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:24 pm

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The IUCN Red List is a globally accepted, international standard for evaluating extinction risk, comprising of 5-10 year assessments, including the rudimentary data of 1972. The analytical data by the IUCN had previously proclaimed this mysterious cat family as "Endangered".

A 3-year assessment was processed by a group of 5 international experts, including scientists from academia, Panthera, Snow Leopard Conservancy and Wildlife Conservation Society. The data was then evaluated and scrutinized and later approved by 8 international felid [sic] and Red List assessment experts, the IUCN global assessment team and the central red list unit.

As per an analysis by Tom McCarthy, the Executive Director of Snow Leopard program told Panthera that in order to classify a particular species as "Endangered", it requires a global population of lesser than 2500 mature adults with a 20% declination over a period of 16 years. The snow leopard family did not meet this specific criterion.

McCarthy further stated that being "Vulnerable" is a better status than being "Endangered" but it does not confirm the safety of the species. They are still prone to "high risk of extinction in the wild" according to the IUCN. The snow leopards are still declining although the rate is low. "To be considered 'Endangered,' there must be less than 2,500 mature snow leopards and they must be experiencing a high rate of decline. Both are now considered extremely unlikely, which is the good news, but it does not mean that snow leopards are 'safe' or that now is a time to celebrate. The species still faces 'a high risk of extinction in the wild' and is likely still declining – just not at the rate previously thought" McCarthy stated.

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