Here are some of the milestones you’ve helped us achieve in our quest to better understand and protect the endangered snow leopard.
Understanding the snow leopard’s needs and ecology
- Equipped and tracked a total of 20 snow leopards with GPS collars, collecting an unprecedented amount of data about the behavior and ecology of these elusive cats
- Conducted research camera studies in five countries and over several years, collecting the largest library of wild snow leopard photos in the world.
- Tracked two young snow leopards dispersing from their mothers
- Tracked two snow leopards migrating across the steppe to different mountain chains.
- Found wild den sites of three snow leopard mothers with their cubs.
- Published the first ever long-term snow leopard population monitoring study, which showed a stable population in Tost, where we’ve partnered with local communities to protect these cats since 1998.
Engaging Communities for Conservation
- Worked with local community and political allies in Tost, Mongolia, to protect this prime snow leopard habitat from the threat of mining. In 2010, our efforts helped achieve local protected status for the area. In April 2016, Mongolia’s parliament decided to take Tost under federal protection and make it a national Nature Reserve.
- Piloted grazing-free reserves for the recovery of wild snow leopard prey with communities in India, leading to a fivefold increase of the population of blue sheep in the largest such reserve, in Spiti.
- Reduced livestock mortality in partner communities in Pakistan by up to 50% through vaccination initiatives under the Livestock Health Program
- Generated revenue of more than $1 million, and increased household incomes for more than 400 families in snow leopard habitat by 40%, through the production and sale of Snow Leopard Enterprises handicrafts
- Piloted Ranger Rewards Program to strengthen wildlife law enforcement in Kyrgyzstan, and expanded program to all Protected Areas in the country
- Piloted the Shamshy Nature Reserve, a former hunting concession that’s now been co-managed as a wildlife sanctuary by SLT and the Kyrgyz government.
Policy and strategy
- Brought the snow leopard conservation community together to create the first Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, and initiated the foundation of the Snow Leopard Network
- Played a leading role in the 2013 Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which gave rise to the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), the first joint initiative to save the snow leopard by all 12 range countries.
- Continues to be a key partner of the GSLEP secretariat, assisting range countries in their quest to secure 23 snow leopard landscapes by 2020.
Selected recognition for our work
- Whitley Awards for Conservation have been won by SLT Science & Conservation Director, Charudutt Mishra (2010), and Pakistan Program Director, Muhammad Ali Nawaz (2016)
- Snow Leopard Enterprises has won the BBC World Challenge in 2012