Nature Smart: Endangered Species in Asia

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Snow leopards are the most elusive, the most secretive and smallest of the big cats. They are the only ones, from the Panthera family, that cannot roar.

Their habitat is the harsh mountains of central Asia, from the Himalayas to the Hindu Kush Mountains. They are among the planet’s most endangered species, because they are still hunted illegally in “retribution” for killing livestock or for use in traditional medicine and for their pelts.

Snow leopards are known as “mountain ghosts” because they are so well camouflaged that they are as good as invisible even at close range. Their thick, creamy gray coat dotted with brown and gray-black spots, blends in with its rocky landscape, while its dense, white underside hair merges into the snow. They have a long thick tail, which serves both as a balancing aid and a furry scarf, wrapping around its body when the animal is at rest.


  • Roar: Loud, deep sound a big cat makes.
  • Livestock: Domestic, farm animals, cattle, sheep, and pigs.
  • Thick: Larger than usual between its opposite sides.
  • Merge: To combine, to disappear into.


Try to think how it is like to live in a rough habitat like that one. Comment it with your learning advisor.


  • How could you talk to the locals and convince them to help with the conservation of this species?

Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Ms. Adriana Navarro Posada from Polanco Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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