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Meet Snow Leopard Trust’s New Science & Conservation Director, Dr. Koustubh Sharma
We are pleased to announce Dr. Koustubh Sharma as our new Conservation Science Director. He has been with Snow Leopard Trust for 16 years and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this conservation veteran to his new role. Get to know Koustubh a little better and hear some of his incredible stories in the following Q and A.
A Risky Business or a Rich Reward?
Red foxes are one of the most ubiquitous carnivore species across the northern hemisphere, in no small part because of their adaptability in what and how they eat. In the clip above, you can see a fox and its kit gnawing at an unidentified piece of food, possibly scavenged from a nearby human settlement. They are also known to scavenge the kills of larger carnivores like snow leopards, a risky move that can see the fox injured or killed.
How Women in Pakistan are Protecting Snow Leopards
Snow Leopard Trust’s conservation partner in Pakistan, the Snow Leopard Foundation, recently piloted an apiculture project in one of the remote settings of the Upper Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The following story, told by one of the women who participated in this livelihood improvement project, illustrates how this initiative enhances household income and fosters positive attitudes toward wildlife conservation.
The Secret Love Lives of Wild Snow Leopards
It’s that time of year again in the high mountains of Central Asia. No, not Valentine’s Day but something similar in the big cat world. It’s snow leopard mating season. And a bit more than three months later comes snow leopard cub season. The above recent video capture of collared female snow leopard, Presnel and her three cubs was a good opportunity to ask Senior Scientist Dr. Örjan Johansson and Assistant Director of Science Dr. Gustaf Samelius to share some of their insights into snow leopard mating habits and reproduction.
A Day (and Night) in the Life of a Snow Leopard
When do snow leopards hunt their prey? When do they rest? While these questions may seem tangential to conservation, a better understanding of snow leopard activity patterns can help inform our conservation efforts to protect the species and prepare for any threats on the horizon. Read on to learn more about the days and nights in the life of a snow leopard.
The ‘White Tiger’
Deepshikha Sharma from Snow Leopard Trust’s India Program based at the Nature Conservation Foundation shared her recent experience educating young minds to increase awareness and appreciation for wildlife in India’s Kinnaur district.
Our Best Snow Leopard Camera Trap Photos
The elusive ghost of the mountain lives at high altitudes in remote habitats. Their secretive nature and low natural population density make them extremely difficult to study. That’s why remote-sensor research cameras (known as camera traps) are commonly used to survey snow leopard populations.
A New Year filled with New Hope
We asked some of our team members to share what gives them hope for the future of snow leopards. As is often the case, it was difficult to pin them down since so many are out in the field at any given time. But a few found time to let us know what motivates and energizes them every day. Not surprisingly, a lot of that inspiration comes from YOU and our incredible community partners living in snow leopard landscapes.
Positive views of Tibetan communities toward snow leopard conservation
A recent paper led by our colleague, Ph.D. candidate Tang Piaopiao, explores the factors shaping the tolerance of Tibetan herders toward snow leopards. Below is a summary of her findings.