How Sustainable Tourism Could Benefit Snow Leopards and Communities

“Have you seen the snow leopard? No! Isn’t that wonderful?” That famous quote by renowned author and naturalist Peter Matthiessen invokes a mysticism about the snow leopard like no other. Once-in-lifetime tourist expeditions to snow leopard habitat in search of the elusive mountain ghost are becoming increasingly popular. But should you go?

Spotlight On Snow Leopard Scientist

Snow Leopard Trust attracts talented conservationists from all over the world who contribute to our conservation efforts. Every year, our scientists support and guide Ph.D. students at the forefront of snow leopard and ecological research. Many of the stories and blogs we share come from their studies and published works. We’re shining a spotlight on some of these dedicated students, researchers and scientists so you can hear directly from them.

How Bees and Trees Protect Snow Leopards

One hundred fifty honey bee hives were successfully delivered to their new homes in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Relocating the bees was a challenge, as Benazir, our Project Assistant, shares, “The delivery process was so nerve-wracking because we were transporting live creatures over a long distance. The delivery kept getting postponed due to rainy weather. To add to the complexity, honey bee families are supposed to be delivered at night so they can orient themselves once they are settled. Due to the specific challenges and risks involved, we did not sleep for two nights, constantly checking on the location of the truck with the bee families.”

A letter of gratitude from Snow Leopard Trust

A snow leopard attacked livestock over several nights in a remote community in the Himalaya, endangering its own life, causing fear and anger amongst people, and damaging their livelihood. Within weeks, the community members, their livestock, and the snow leopard, were safe as our field team helped the local community build seven predator-proof corrals under …