The snow leopard is the rarest and most beautiful of the great cats. It is so well camouflaged that you can stare straight at it from yards away and fail to see it. But their talent for invisibility has not kept them out of the sights of hunters, who continue to kill the cat for its coat. Elusiveness also has done little to help them cope successfully with an ever-increasing influx of tourists, sheep herders, dam-builders, and other humans eager to make use of the spectacular landscape. As a result, the snow leopard, despite its remote home high in the Himalayas, has become one of the most endangered of the large cats.

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