The snow leopard is found in the high mountains (Himalayas, Altai and Hindu Kush) of Central Asia. This includes many countries (Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan). The snow leopard's range has been decreasing over time as it becomes more endangered. The reason for its disappearance is mostly from the relentless hunting for its fur. Even after being protected, snow leopard poaching continues.
As of 2000, the snow leopard has been listed as Endangered on the CITES IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red List.
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