Himani, the Snow Leopard That Helped Conservation of Her Species, Dies

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Himani, the snow leopard that became famous for giving birth to seven cubs when snow leopard breeding was at a low point, died at the age of 17.

She had unfortunately been battling cancer and they decided to euthanize her on Friday.

Himani was brought to the Cape May County Zoo back in 2009, being transferred from the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee. She was then paired with a male snow leopard named Vijay and together, they successfully reared four litters of cubs.

The Cape May County Zoo says she was an important part of their family and that they miss her. They also said that her contributions to the conservation of her species are immeasurable.

Snow leopards have been in danger because large cats are considered valuable in Asia for their bones, skin, and organs which are used for medicinal purposes.

People who live near snow leopards may earn less than $300 a year. With poachers getting $200 for a dead snow leopard, it’s easy to understand why snow leopards are in so much danger.

Snow leopards are also in danger of loss of habitat. Herders push their livestock into the snow leopards’ environment, causing overgrazing that damages the fragile mountain grasslands. This leaves less food for wild sheep and goats that snow leopards feed off of. In turn, there are fewer sheep and goats to satisfy the hunger of the large cats. 

In 2017, snow leopards were changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List. However, the snow leopard population is still decreasing and the species is still a high risk for extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates that there are only 2,710 to 3,386 of the large cats left.

At Karmagawa and SaveTheReef we’re so sad that Himani is gone. We’re happy that she was able to help her own species by providing healthy cubs that will go on to spread her legacy. Hopefully, more can be done to protect these beautiful cats so that they don’t disappear from our planet. It’s a much better world with them in it.

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