IUCN downlists snow leopard from "endangered" to "vulnerable" on global Red List, but still at high risk of extinction

The snow leopard is no longer an endangered species, but its population in the wild is still at risk because of poaching and habitat loss, conservationists said this week.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Thursday that new data taken through 2016 prompted the reclassification of the snow leopard from the endangered list to the vulnerable category. The difference means, simply, that the animals have gone from “very high risk” to “high risk” of extinction in the wild. The global population of the snow leopard is now estimated at 2,500 to 10,000 mature animals.

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