India’s first snow leopard conservation centre to come up in Uttarakhand

News: Uttarakhand Government has announced the development of India’s first Snow Leopard Conservation centre of India.

Facts:

  • The centre is to be developed by the Uttarakhand forest department and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Aim: To conserve and restore Himalayan ecosystems and also to conserve elusive snow leopards and other endangered Himalayan species.

Additional Facts:

  • Snow leopards live in the mountainous regions of central and southern Asia.
  • Range Countries: Snow leopard is found in 12 range countries namely Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
  • India: The states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh constitute snow leopard Habitat range in India.
  • IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • CITES: Appendix I
  • Significance: Snow leopard is the State animal of Himachal Pradesh.
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