July 18, 2012 — In spring 2012, conservationists fitted snow leopards with satellite collars in Afghanistan for the first time. Since then, one of the big cats has already roamed more than a hundred miles (160 kilometers).The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists snow leopards as endangered, meaning they face "a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future." The team hopes its tracking data can spur protection of the leopards' Afghan habitat—and help ensure a rosier future for the rare cats.
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