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  Snow leopard in danger
Updated 01 October 2001, 19.40
Snow leopard
The threat of military action in Afghanistan has raised fears for the endangered snow leopard.

The creature, which lives in the mountains of Central Asia, has already seen its natural habitat threatened by war and hunting.

Fact File
Snow leopard facts
Unike other big cats, they can't roar
Coats blend perfectly with rocky slopes
Main prey: sheep, small mammals and birds
Furry tail helps keep out cold
Main threats: poaching, loss of habitat

The Daily Telegraph reports that only 150 are left in the Afghanistan region, part of an estimated total population of 5,000.

The International Snow Leopard Trust, based in the United States, is to report on its concerns about the snow leopard's survival.

Conservationists are trying to establish "safety corridors" so that snow leopards in one threatened area can travel to safer habitats.

One major problem for the snow leopards in Afghanistan has been the number of land mines left behind after decades of war.

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