11 Ways to Help Snow Leopards
Research is an essential component to the Snow Leopard Trust's mission "to protect this endangered cat through community-based conservation projects" based on a greater understanding of the behaviour, needs, habitats and threats of this magnificent big cat. The Trust needs vital gear for this next one, so please donate if you can and spread the word! (Image right ©Snow Leopard Trust.)
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The Snow Leopard is an elusive big cat. For a start, they aren’t easy to spot, given they blend in well with their surroundings. They are called the “mountain ghosts” by locals.
They live in Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Tjiskistan, Russia and Uzbekistan so they have quite a range covering 2 million square kilometres, half of which are in China.
Snow Leopard conservation charities will be working closely with local communities to help local people co-exist with these magnificent big cats, and also to help them with ways to improve their living standards. This will help reduce the need for poaching and also reduce reliance on livestock.
11 ways to help snow leopards.
1. Visit the websites of those conservation charities focusing on Snow Leopards and their projects, such as the Snow Leopard Trust and the Snow Leopard Conservancy, and the WCS. Spend some time finding out about them – their mission, how they are achieving it and what help they need to achieve it. Work out ways in which you can help them do this by taking a look at their pages such as Getting Involved/Get Involved.
4. Take action and sign the Snow Leopard Trust's petition to the Environment Ministers of the 12 countries which make up the snow leopard's range. It asks them to strengthen conservation efforts and minimize disease transmission between wildlife and people.