Volume 27 Issue 9   20 September 2019
As one of the Class I Protected Wildlife Species in China, snow leopard is the flagship species for mountainous ecosystems in Asia. Its distribution range is also the source regions of Asia’s major rivers. The survival of snow leopards confronts various threats such as climate change, habitat degradation, prey depletion, infrastructure constructions, mining, retaliatory killing, and illegal trade. To understand the current population status of snow leopards is meaningful for both the conservation of the species per se and its represented ecosystems. The cover photo shows a female snow leopard and its cub resting on a grassy slope in the Namsei Valley of Sanjiangyuan Region. (Photo Credit: Shan Shui Conservation Center)

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