March 3, 2017

The World of a Snow Leopard

The world of a snow leopard is not well known to humans. The main reason is that the habitat of a snow leopard is extremely uninviting. One of the rarest and most elusive animals on earth, the snow leopard lives in the Himalayan Mountains. Extreme cold, snow, rock slides and avalanches make it difficult for humans to observe the snow leopard in its natural habitat. Photographers and film crews have camped out in the mountains for months, only to leave without even catching a glimpse of a leopard. This is why the video below is so incredible. It offers a view into a world seldom seen by humans.

The Travels with Gannon & Wyatt team has never been to the Himalayas, but it is high on our wish list. We would love to include in the series a Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Nepal, Tibet, or Bhutan, or maybe just Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Himalayas. Imagine Gannon and Wyatt on a Himalayan expedition in search of the snow leopard. During the expedition, they’d might trek to a camp at the base of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, climb an 8,000 meter peak, traverse glaciers, dodge avalanches, encounter wolves, eagles, blue mountain sheep, all the while searching for the mythical snow leopard. They would also meet lots of interesting people from this region of the world, and learn all about the Sherpa Culture, or that of the Nepalese, Tibetans or Bhutanese. What an amazing setting for an adventure, right?

It is estimated that there are approximately 4,000-6,500 snow leopards in the wild today. Like all endangered species, they could use your help. To read more fun facts about the snow leopard and lean how you can help protect this majestic creature, check out the World Wildlife Fund Species Overview.

Below is an scene from the BBC’s Planet Earth Documentary Series. It features what is likely the most spectacular footage of a snow leopard ever caught on film. Enjoy! (WARNING: Parts of this wildlife footage may be considered graphic, as it shows a snow leopard stalking and killing a blue sheep).

 

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