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Snow Leopard

Version 10.6 of the Mac OS X operating system, released in 2009. Although faster than Leopard because all system components support 64 bits, for most users, Snow Leopard is considered more of a refinement than a major update. It includes support for 16TB (that's terabytes!) of memory, as well as enhancements to QuickTime (QuickTime X) and the user interface.

Snow Leopard only runs on Intel-based Macs. Apple switched to Intel in 2006, and Snow Leopard marks an official break from PowerPC Macs such as the G4 and G5. Also included is native support for Exchange, Microsoft's corporate mail server.

For the Programmer
Snow Leopard enables application programmers to take advantage of multiple cores with its "Grand Central" programming interface (API), which also makes the Mac OS more multicore efficient. In addition, Open Compute Language (OpenCL) lets programmers access the graphics processor (GPU) for general-purpose computing. See Leopard.

Snow Leopard

 

(Uncia uncia), also called irbis or ounce, a carnivorous mammal of the family Felidae. Body length, approximately 130 cm; tail length, approximately 90 cm; weight, 26–40 kg. The snow leopard’s fur is smoky gray, almost white, with dark spots forming rings; it is particularly luxuriant during the winter. The snow leopard inhabits the mountain ranges of Central Asia at altitudes between 3,000 and 5,000 m. In the winter it descends to the coniferous forest zone. It preys primarily on mountain goats and is rarely a threat to livestock. The number of snow leopards in the USSR has sharply dwindled owing to their capture for zoos and to the decrease in the number of mountain goats.

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Similarly, we obtained animal losses due to snow leopards and other causes from interviews with all owners and double-checked with the records kept by the village snow leopard conservation committee.
"This is a wonderful discovery -- it shows that there is real hope for snow leopards in Afghanistan," World Conservation Society deputy director Peter Zahler said in a statement.
These results are consistent with pilot snow leopard signs survey in TNNR (Ma et al., 2005).
As we are already on the verge of losing this endangered wild species - mainly due to lack of awareness and direct dependency of the local population on natural resources - the world should show responsibility by realising the value of Pakistani snow leopards and play its role in protecting them through economic and educational means.
* Check out some classroom activities provided by the Snow Leopard Conservancy at this Web site: www.snowleopardconservancy.org /kids/text/activities.htm.
Snow Leopard is half the size of the previous version and frees up to 7GB of drive space once installed, said a statement.
The Snow Leopard Trust provides the herders with training and equipment for handicraft production, and markets the products at tourist attractions in Mongolia and at various stores in the U.S., Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
RARE snow leopards are facing extinction as poachers hunt them down for their precious fur.
- How many snow leopards are there in Sarychat-Ertash reserve?
He appreciated the efforts of Snow Leopard Foundation in developing these sites and hoped that it would certainly help in promoting the tourism and also would help in livelihood enhancement of the local community.
'Imparting skill development training as an opportunity for livelihood enhancement in remote Chitral valley is not only helping in economic bolstering of communities living in areas with high risk of livestock predation by carnivore, but also in changing their perception towards wild species especially snow leopard,' says Moiz Rafi, Assistant Director Communication SLF.
PESHAWAR -- There are perhaps only a handful of animal species that are as elusive as the enigmatic snow leopard. Their majestic appearance and their ability to hunt their prey on the steepest of cliffs without as much as a sound have imbued them with a special mystique in popular imagination.