Snow leopards found in Afghanistan

A healthy population of snow leopards, elusive big cats threatened across the mountain ranges of Central Asia, has been found in one of the few peaceful areas of Afghanistan, the World Conservation Society has said.

Camera traps documented the secretive animals at 16 locations across the Wakhan Corridor, in north-eastern Afghanistan, free from the insurgency that plagues most of the country. Listed as globally threatened, only some 4,500 to 7,500 snow leopards exist, scattered across a dozen nations in the high mountain ranges of Central Asia. — AP

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