SNOW LEOPARD - 6.5x6.5 inches $225.00 (SOLD)
Highlighted Species: Panthera uncia
Status: While their numbers have increased so that they are no longer endangered, the wild population is still at risk because poaching and continued habitat loss.
The Wakhi people know of a spiritual realm high in the mountains of Pakistan. The mountain ranges scrape the skies with some of the tallest peaks in the world, and nestled like gems among the ranges are pastures where blue sheep range. This alpine realm is called mergich, and spirits of the mountain live there, while humans can only dare to set foot at those elevations in the summer, after asking the resident spirits for permission.
Because snow leopards are only found in those mergich realms, the beautiful and elusive creatures are known to be vessels and incarnations for the mergichan.
More snow leopard legends can be found at: https://snowleopardconservancy.org/text/myth/pakmyths.htm
Size: 6 x 6 inches