BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Snow leopard project faces finish
Central Asia’s tiny surviving group of snow leopards may soon lose a lifeline that is helping them cling to survival.
A project run jointly by Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and funded by the Global Environment Facility, is scheduled to end in the middle of 2006.
It is successfully enlisting the help of local villagers in protecting the animals, but needs political support.
If the project is not renewed, there are fears the leopards will not be able to withstand the poachers much longer.
There are thought to be only 4,500-7,500 snow leopards in the wild, living in an arc stretching from Mongolia through to Pakistan.