News & Stories

Where the eyes go, the heart will follow

Many of you know we use motion-activated cameras to study snow leopard populations, behavior, and habitat use. But those cameras, while crucial for research, only take low-resolution images. The beautiful photos you see in our calendars and newsletters are nearly always donated by talented wildlife photographers who support our mission to protect snow leopards. We asked one such photographer, Sascha Fonseca, about his recent expedition with our team in Kyrgyzstan.

How One Person Can Make a Difference

When a fellow Zookeeper from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo reached out to us to make a donation in honor of her colleague’s retirement after 35 years, we knew we wanted to highlight Allison Barr’s story. It is an incredible testament to how inspiration breeds inspiration and exemplifies the ripple effect of what can happen when you share your passion and dedication with others.


“We collared a new snow leopard yesterday. I’ve said those words many times, and it never gets old. We had just finished dinner and were enjoying the warmth of the fire when the alarm went off. We rushed to our trapping site and found ourselves in the presence of a big male cat. He explained in a very clear way what he thought of us, growling all the while until he fell asleep from the drugs.” – Senior Scientist Dr. Örjan Johansson.

How Camera Traps in a Virtual World Can Help Protect Snow Leopards in the Real World

In October 2022, Snow Leopard Trust volunteer and dedicated supporter Linfang Yang had a striking idea about the possibility of using Virtual Reality (VR) as a camera trap training tool. Not only did she dream up an incredibly innovative concept, but she was persistent in bringing her immersive brainchild to life.