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2021 Feature, Medium Newsroom finalist

Mountain Hunters

How the Elusive Snow Leopard Is Adapted to One of Earth’s Most Extreme Environments

About the Project

Snow leopards have evolved to thrive in a unique environment which combines steep terrain, low oxygen and bitter cold. Graphic editors Manuel Canales and Taylor Maggiacomo explore the unique physiology of the big cat from nose to tail in this illustrative and interactive piece designed exclusively for National Geographic subscribers.

The graphic accompanies the long-form storytelling by Peter Gwin and Prasenjeet Yadav unveiling how tourists are getting unprecedented glimpses of snow leopards in India as attitudes toward the predators change.