23rd October is World Snow Leopard Day, a day to celebrate this magical, mystical, majestic but endangered cat and help raise awareness for its protection and conservation.
Sadly the beautiful snow leopard (Panthera Uncia) is facing a number of threats, one of them being poaching.
Between 2008 and 2016 alone, one snow leopard has reportedly been killed and traded every day - 220 to 450 cats per year, probably more. Snow leopards are hunted for their fur and bones. (https://snowleopard.org/the-threats/)
Climate change also poses a threat due to the loss of habitat and prey.
The Snow Leopard Trust is committed to protecting this endangered animal and its mountain ecosystem. Founded in 1981 in Seattle, USA, by the late Helen Freeman, The Snow Leopard Trust is the oldest snow leopard conservation organization in the world.
Check out the Snow Leopard Trust website to find out more.
This is stunning art from The Snow Leopard Trust Instagram account that is being virtually auctioned to help raise money for the protection of snow leopards.
And now to our Caturday Art! Mum wanted to make me look like a snow leopard. Well, obviously she failed so she went for this blueish cold wintery themed art filter instead. It's actually Cyanotype, which looks great!
And here is a jigsaw for you too.
Get creative with your animal photos!
Or share your original animal artwork!
The Snowflake Pendant
Mum wrote a novel that features a snow leopard back in 2014. The Snowflake Pendant is available from Amazon as a kindle ebook or paperback.