The multiple effects of global warming are being felt for real in China, where the seriously endangered Snow Leopards are finding themselves in competition with the common Leopard. The latter is normally confined to the lower altitude forests while the Snow Leopard occupies an ecological niche high in the mountains. Although the ranges of the two species have always overlapped, they have avoided serious competition for resources. Now in the Tibetan Plateau, forests are growing in higher ground, due probably to global warming, and remote filming shows the two species living together in the same habitat. This can only further threaten Snow Leopards.
There is plenty of interesting biology here:
- Global warming
- Inter specific competition
- Ecological niches
- Conservation of species