Government representatives from ten of the twelve snow leopard range countries recently gathered in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, with one common goal – the conservation of the endangered snow leopard. It was the first in-person meeting in three years of a remarkable intergovernmental alliance supported by the Snow Leopard Trust. But what brought such a diverse group of sovereign nations together in the first place?
How Climate Change and COVID-19 are Colliding in Snow Leopard Landscapes
A new policy brief warns that pandemic frequency is likely to increase due to climate change, environmental degradation and globalization
Preliminary estimates of Mongolia’s snow leopard population released
Snow Leopard Trust and its partners recently completed a three-year snow leopard population survey in Mongolia. Preliminary estimates of the snow leopard population are now available, and the final results are expected by the end of this year.
Navigating the Ethics of Camera Trapping
A new paper authored by Snow Leopard Trust’s Charu Mishra and Koustubh Sharma discusses the ethics of camera trapping.
UPDATE: This paper recently received the Editor’s Choice from The Applied Ecologist! Congratulations to all the authors and contributors!
Calling all snow leopard conservationists!
The Snow Leopard Network (SLN), in collaboration with the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), Snow Leopard Trust and other partner organizations, brought together over 100 snow leopard researchers and practitioners from across the world in a new interactive training forum for snow leopard conservation.
New Research: Most Snow Leopard Population Studies Are Biased
Existing snow leopard population assessment studies tend to be conducted in the best habitats and cover areas that are too small to be representative of larger landscapes. This leads to inflated population estimates.
Snow Leopards Confirmed in Mongolia’s Khorkh Mountains for the First Time
A camera trap study in South Gobi’s Khorkh mountain range confirmed the presence of snow leopards along with lynx, ibex and argali.
Learning How to Count Cats
Around 60% of the world’s snow leopard habitat are in China. Yet, in China as in other countries, robust population estimates to guide snow leopard conservation efforts remain scarce. But there are efforts underway to change that – most recently through two workshops on survey and analysis methods held in Beijing.
Pakistan: 5-Year Project to Protect Snow Leopards Kicks Off
Ambitious GEF-financed project aims at conserving Pakistan’s snow leopard ecosystems and improve livelihoods of local communities.
India: Ambitious Plan to Estimate Snow Leopard Population
Our team in India is embarking on an ambitious project along with the Forest Department of Himachal Pradesh: Estimating the total snow leopard population of this mountainous Indian state.