Lalitpur, January 25
An injured snow leopard that was rescued from Urlabari, Sunsari in the eastern Tarai region has been brought to the Central Zoo at Jawalakhel.
The male snow leopard was found hiding in a bamboo bush at Charghare, Urlabari on Tuesday.
The Division Forest Office, Mangalbare, Morang, the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, the National Trust for Nature Conservation and the Area Police Office, Sunsari together rescued the wild animal and brought it to the Central Zoo on Wednesday, said Sham Kumar Shah, the Information Officer at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.
Shah said that the snow leopard has a limp in its front right limb, with no visible external wounds on other parts of its body.
According to Shah, it is unusual to find snow leopards in the tropical plain region, at an altitude of 143 metres from sea level, which is the habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Snow leopards inhabit the mountainous region spanning from Kanchanjangha in the east to Api Nampa in the west of the country.
They are typically found at altitudes ranging from 2,000 metres to 6,000 metres above sea level. The snow leopard’s habitat extends across 12 countries in South Asia.