The snow leopard is considered an endangered specie by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Research show that it’s global population is estimated to less than 10,000 mature individuals and have decline about 10% in the next 23 years. As of 2016, the global population was estimated at 4,500 to 8,745 mature individuals.
Photographers find it hard to take photos of the said animal not only because of its endangered status but also its ability to perfectly hide itself through blending in with the environment. The snow loepard can perfectly camouflage itself because of its patterned fur coat that turns nearly invisible in its natural habitat.
Can you try to find the snow leopard sneaking on its prey in this amazing photo by wildlife photographer, Inger Vandyke?
If you’re having a hard time, Sploid is generous enough to provide a higher resolution version of the same photo, which was snapped by Vandyke during a 17-day mountain expedition in Ladakh, India, a few years ago, where she was fortunate enough to spot the snow leopard stalking and attacking an unsuspecting group of bharal, also known as blue sheep.
Take a closer and more focused look on the photo to test your sense of sight more.
Still unable to spot the predator? Good thing you aren’t here in this situation. These blue sheep possess the requisite speed and agility to escape a snow leopard once it reveals itself out of nowhere.
Finally, here is where the hard-to-spot snow leopard is hiding:
Are you one of the few ones who were able to see it?