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?
We’re excited to announce that we have two new snow leopards on air and these latest additions have turned our tracking study into a full-fledged family affair.
Our colleague in Mongolia shared a moving story about the challenges of living with snow leopards. While it’s easy to understand how its mythical nature and wild beauty inspire such awe and wonder, it can be difficult to reconcile that with the other dimension of this apex predator. Yes, it’s a carnivore that kills wild prey but it also sometimes kills domestic livestock. Many of the people living in snow leopard habitat depend on their herds of sheep, goats, camels, cattle or yaks for their livelihood. Losing even one animal to snow leopard predation can be devastating, as detailed in the story below.
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We’ll let you in on a little secret, when our field teams upload a new batch of camera trap photos to our dropbox, we’re like little kids opening a present. We can’t wait to see what our research cameras captured. These snow leopard ‘selfies’ collected by our scientists and rangers are essential to our conservation work. They tell us so much about snow leopard populations, behavior, ecology and habitat use and help inform global conservation efforts. Bonus – they’re also really beautiful. Meet the cats of Nemegt in our latest update from the field.
You’re never too young (or too old) to fall in love with snow leopards. Some of our greatest supporters are less than ten-years-old. Just in time for back-to-school month, a group of 3rd-graders asked six of our Senior Conservation Scientists some pretty amazing questions about snow leopards.
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.
A recently published paper by our colleague Dr. LingYun Xiao explores how Tibetan herders are able to coexist with snow leopards in their shared environment. The study was part of her PhD work to understand the relationship between snow leopards, blue sheep (a main prey species), livestock and human land use.
I remember clearly my first experience joining our scientists to collar snow leopards in Mongolia. I was with Orjan Johansson, who had just been hired to begin our long-term ecological telemetry study on snow leopards. It would be the first time in a decade that we had decided to collar snow leopards as an organization. (this story was shared by Jennifer Snell Rullman, Snow Leopard Trust)
He once considered snow leopards a threat to his family’s livelihood. Today, he is a dedicated advocate, protecting Mongolia’s most studied population of snow leopards, including several females who have successfully raised multiple generations.