Dr. Kulbhushansingh (“Kullu”) Suryawanshi, Senior Scientist and India Program Director for the Snow Leopard Trust, explains how much of a bias there is in existing population studies, and why it matters for the future of this endangered cat.
Existing snow leopard population assessment studies tend to be conducted in the best habitats and cover areas that are too small to be representative of larger landscapes. This leads to inflated population estimates.
Around 60% of the world’s snow leopard habitat are in China. Yet, in China as in other countries, robust population estimates to guide snow leopard conservation efforts remain scarce. But there are efforts underway to change that – most recently through two workshops on survey and analysis methods held in Beijing.
Ambitious GEF-financed project aims at conserving Pakistan’s snow leopard ecosystems and improve livelihoods of local communities.
Ministers from snow leopard range countries charged with wildlife conservation will meet this month to discuss progress and next steps in the global effort to save the endangered cat.
Press release by the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystems Protection Program (GSLEP) – Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Only joint efforts can save endangered animals such as the snow leopard from extinction in the wild
Press Release Securing Key Landscapes for the Iconic Cat Also Helps Livelihoods and Climate Resilience