- Only 4,500 to 10,000 snow leopards roam Asia's mountain ranges
- They're threatened by loss of prey, poaching and climate change
- Conservation must consider the cultural, religious and political diversity of the big cat's realm
Tom McCarthy is the executive director of the Snow Leopard Program at Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization. The views expressed here are solely his.
(CNN)Barren, wind-swept rock is all I can see through the telescope.