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Snow leopards latest animals to get GPS treatment

by GPS4US 2014-01-27 16:46

We’re about to know a little more about snow leopards.

Thanks, GPS!

Six endangered mountain cats in the Himalayas will soon be fitted with GPS collars in an effort to
further understand their lives.

The project, which costs $40,450, will give wildlife experts more information about snow leopard
movements in the mountain range and further insight into how climate change is affecting their habitat. 

The Indian northern belt, according to Discovery.com, may be home to as many as 700 snow leopards, or
10 percent of the world’s population. Snow leopards live in India, China, Pakistan and nine other Asian
countries.

Climate change is wreaking havoc on their habitats, often leaving them without prey. Snow leopards also
face poaching dangers and smugglers who sell their bones and body parts to use in traditional Chinese
medicine, Discovery reports.

So, even just six snow leopards tagged with GPS collars can help scientists figure out a way to help a
dwindling population.

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