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Snow Shelter by HeWhoWalksWithTigers Snow Shelter by HeWhoWalksWithTigers
Newly released snow leopard (Panthera uncia) cubs take pause to survey their snow-covered enclosure before exploring. These fluffy cubs are experiencing their first winter, complete with soft, thick coats. One of them seems to have a bit of a cheeky expression directed our way.

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Snow leopards are found in mountainous central Asia, also called "the roof of the world". They are acclimated for some of the harshest terrain and climate in the world and are extremely elusive. Sadly, snow leopards are not elusive enough to escape the hand of man. They are an endangered species and there may be as few as 3,000 left in the wild with populations decreasing. Individuals are often the victims of revenge killing after taking village livestock, poaching for their bones and skin, prey depletion and habitat loss.

Please visit [link] for more information on snow leopards and how you can help.

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Ikas16 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Man, i'd love watch their whole lives growing up, that would be cool. So beautiful too :heart:
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Inzhuna Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Such beautiful animals! Love them. They're one of the national symbols of my country. I only wish our people had appreciated them more and stopped/taken measures against the poaching :(
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope so too. It's important for local people to campaign for their animals. It's far more effective than other people coming in a arguing for them.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They look wonderful!
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
As most do!
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KariCougar Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Awww that is the cutest face ever. You just wanna kiss him on the nose
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, despite the biteyness.
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Goshawk Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He/She is laughing at us for our lack of natural thick winter coats.

Lovely photo, as always!
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Condescension only a cat could pull off!
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