Cats in the Clouds

Cats in the Clouds Shy and elusive, the snow leopard's first photograph wasn't seen by the world until 1980. We gain access to its impenetrable snow-covered home and witness how a creature, close to extinction, is clawing its way back from doom.
In 2004, just six wild cats remained in Ladakh. Farmers are blamed for this shocking decline, killing adults and cubs alike to protect their livestock from opportunist attack. Yet attitudes are changing. Organisations are teaching farmers to enclose their open pens and eco-tourism is thriving. 'Many tourists are coming for the snow leopard,' says one villager as she greets a roomful of German enthusiasts. 'The snow leopard is the necklace of Ladakh,' agrees one boy.

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