Monday, June 16, 2008

Snow Leopard

Well, here is the last of the endangered animal series I did for a "Nature"-themed ATC swap. I think Snow Leopards are fascinating -- Not only are they incredibly beautiful, they are reclusive creatures so attacks on humans are extremely rare. And they physically cannot roar. Although they are supposed to be protected as an endangered species, there are no measures to adequately protect them. They are hunted for their beautiful fur, and their bones and body parts are used in Asian medicine. Their loss of habitat and food sources are caused by deforestation and dam projects. More info and links to conservation projects can be found here

1 comment:

Lisa M Griffin said...

Beautiful... I am keeping my fingers crossed that I might be surprised by this ATC in the Nature trade. =) Wild cats are my favorite, so amazing and regal looking... your snow leopard is no exception.