The 3rd Stocktaking Conference on Tiger Conservation starts today in New Delhi, India – essentially a health check on implementation of the 2010 global commitment to double the wild tiger population from an estimated 3,200 by the next Chinese Year of the Tiger in 2022.
Today is International Snow Leopard Day, a global observance commemorating the signing of the Bishkek Declaration on the conservation of snow leopards in 2013. The snow leopard has been listed on the IUCN Red List as ‘Endangered’ since 1986, although it recently had its threat status downgraded to ‘Vulnerable'
The Anti-Smuggling Bureau of Customs in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, seized two tiger skins, two leopard skins, 17 snow leopard skins and other illegal wildlife parts. Lhasa has long been a key transit and sales hub for illegal trade in Asian big cat parts and derivatives from animals poached in south Asia