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Insurance helps save Nepal's endangered snow leopards

Global summit agrees on plan to protect 20 native habitats

Yalung, a two-year-old female snow leopard, is fitted with a GPS collar in Nepal. (Courtesy WWF Nepal/Sanjog Rai)

KATHMANDU -- High in Nepal's eastern Himalayan mountains, bordering India and China, the elusive snow leopard is fighting a battle for survival against habitat loss, poachers and a lack of prey. But an international conservation initiative and an innovative insurance program in Nepal offer some hope for the future.

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