On celebrating 40 years of snow leopard conservation and sustaining motivation for protecting the ghosts of the mountain.
Great news for snow leopards and local herding communities: the Mongolian government has decided to expand the Tost Nature Reserve in the country’s South Gobi province by 150 km2. In doing so, the government also revoked a mining license that had threatened a water source that is critical for people and wildlife.
Monitoring snow leopards is a time-consuming business – but a new AI solution developed in partnership between Microsoft and the Snow Leopard Trust could be a game changer and free up resources to invest in conservation action.
In a rare discovery, researchers from Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation and Snow Leopard Trust located the den site of a wild snow leopard named Dagina in Mongolia’s Tost Mountains. They found three healthy cubs in the den. Dagina is the oldest known wild snow leopard mother in the world.
In the first study ever investigating disease threats to this highly vulnerable species, researchers detect exposure to infections that may pose a threat to wild snow leopards, as well as local people and their livestock.
Thank you for being a passionate snow leopard supporter. What have you helped accomplish in the past year? Here is a brief look at some of the amazing ways you’ve brought security to the cats and mountain communities.
Snow Leopard Trust supporters raised over $20,000 to support Goldman Prize winner Bayara Agvaantseren’s work in Mongolia. The Edrington Group and Snow Leopard Trust UK will generously match that amount.
Bayara Agvaantseren received the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for her role in protecting the snow leopard stronghold of Tost from mining. But the Snow Leopard Trust’s Mongolia Program Director is quick to point out that the success was not hers alone, but rather the result of an extraordinary team effort.
Scientists from the Snow Leopard Trust and Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation have equipped three wild snow leopards in Mongolia’s Tost Mountains with GPS collars this spring. With these three cats joining the conservation organizations’ joint long-term study, a total of six of these elusive cats are currently being tracked.
Bayarjargal (Bayara) Agvaantseren, the Snow Leopard Trust’s Mongolia Program Director, and head of our partner organization, the Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation, has been awarded the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for leading a successful 10 year effort to protect the snow leopard habitat of Tost Mountains.