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The conservation charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has [warned / warmed] that climate change is threatening the [existing / existence] of the snow leopard in the Himalayas. Its Snow Leopard Programme says rising temperatures are [shrinking / shirking] the natural habitat of the big cat to the [point / pointing] that snow leopards could become [distinct / extinct] . In a new report, the charity says that [up / high] to a third of the mountainous areas where the leopards live could become uninhabitable. [Much / Many] of the flora and fauna the animals need to [survival / survive] could disappear in warmer temperatures. The WWF said: "The Himalayas region will [face / head] a major crisis if we choose to ignore climate change…We risk losing [majority / majestic] species such as the snow leopard."

It isn't just climate change that is [posting / posing] a serious [threat / treat] to the future of the snow leopard. A [variety / various] of activities from humans is also adding to the dangers the animals [face / facing] . Snow leopards are highly [seek / sought] after for their fur and body parts. More and more poachers are joining this lucrative, [illegally / illegal] trade and are killing the animals. The leopards are also being killed by farmers who are trying to protect their [unstock / livestock] . As the natural [pray / prey] of the snow leopards is decreasing, the animals are venturing into areas [inhabited / habitation] by humans and killing farm animals. The result is the farmers shoot the leopards. The WWF [released / releasing] its report on Friday, which was the first International Snow Leopard Day.

 
 

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