Published Date :04 Jan, 2016
Seven Snow Leopards spotted in Gorkha
Seven snow leopards have been spotted in Samagaun and Chhekampar VDCs in Gorkha district. This is one of the most encouraging news ever recorded in the conservation of snow leopard.
This has come at a time when worries of the impact of Climate change on local wildlife and biodiversity. It is estimated that Gorkha district alone has some 17 snow leopards. The area is protected under Manaslu Conservation Area Project.
Listed in Threatened List by IUCN, snow leopards are critically endangered species usually found at an altitude of around 3500 meters from sea level. Gorkha, Mustang, Manang and areas along the Himalayan belt region are best places to spot them.
Snow leopards often attack and prey on local cattle, yak, mountain goat, and local crops. 10 groups have been formed in Manang alone to conserve the animal.