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  Snow leopards under threat
Updated 14 August 2003, 18.32
A snow leopard
Hunters are threatening the survival of the extremely rare snow leopard.

There are only between 4,000 and 7,000 of the big cats left, which are hunted for their skins, teeth, nails and even bones.


A snow leopard cub
They live in mountainous areas of Russia and Asia, and their furs are often sold to tourists and soldiers from America and Europe for thousands of pounds.

The International Snow Leopard Trust wants people all over the world to work together to help stop the illegal trade in things made from snow leopards.

In nature, the snow leopard has no predators, especially as it lives in such wild and empty places.

But Stuart Chapman from the WWF said, "the illegal trade in snow leopard pelts has left no hiding place for this magnificent animal".

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