Snow leopard status and conservation in China

Kun Shi, Lingyun Xiao, Luciano Atzeni, Zhuoluo Lyu, Yixuan Liu, Jun Wang, Xuchang Liang, Yanlin Liu, Xiang Zhao, Justine Shanti Alexander, Byron Weckworth, Zhi Lu, Philip Riordan

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China holds more snow leopards than any other country, possibly over half the global population. The unprecedented rate of socioeconomic change in China over the past 20years places unique pressures on wildlife and ecosystems within its borders. Of the large predators in China, the snow leopard has arguably suffered least as a consequence of these changes. Their occurrence in remote mountain regions, where there are few people, has contributed to their continued survival. We outline the status of snow leopards in China, the long history of research on the species and thoughts on the way forward in conserving this iconic cat.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSnow Leopards
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780323857758
ISBN (Print)9780323984584
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Community-based conservation
  • Conservation status
  • Genetics
  • Policy advocacy
  • Population
  • Public engagement
  • Species distribution
  • Telemetry study


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