11 Ways to Help Snow Leopards

Building Resilience:  Together we are truly mighty!

Through to 1 December 2020, all gifts are matched for the Snow Leopard Trust's #GivingTuesday up to the sum of $70,000!  This fundraiser will help: 

  • Develop tools to reduce livestock depredation, such as  predator proof corrals.
  • Create community-managed programs, like livestock insurance, to offset the costs of living with wildlife and reduce the risk of retaliatory killing.
  • Provide training and support for local rangers to patrol key protected areas. 

Go on the prowl for more information and to donate to the Snow Leopard Trust - don't forget, donations will be matched until 1 Dec 2020 (up to $70,000)!

Go on the prowl for more information about the Building Resilience fundraiser here
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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.

2.  Understand the threats facing snow leopards – poaching, mining, climate change.  Tell people that snow leopards are under threat.  It’s estimated that there are no more than 6,390 snow leopards living in the wild – and there may be as few as 3,920.  Be clear about where snow leopards live.

3.  Take a look at snow leopard videos on You Tube or on the Snow Leopard Trust’s website and lose yourself in the beauty of their world and the challenges facing local people living in the same area as snow leopards.  Share videos you particularly enjoy so that you can show how amazing these animals are. 

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. 

5.  Adopt a snow leopard!   The Snow Leopard Trust has e-adoptions so wherever you are in the world, you can adopt a snow leopard!  This makes for a great gift for big cat lovers – your gift really is making a difference.

6.  Become a fundraiser for the Snow Leopard Trust.  

7.  Buy products from snow leopard conservation charities’ online shops.   Spread the snow leopard wonder!  Take a look at the Snow Leopard Conservancy.  You could also support Snow Leopard Enterprises.  The idea is that herder women living in snow leopard habitat produce unique handicrafts, made with the natural resources they have.   Snow Leopard Enterprises buys them and sells them online to snow leopard supporters worldwide!  Families taking part can boost their income by up to 40% - and they pledge to keep snow leopards in their area safe.   

8.  Donate or become a monthly donor to the Snow Leopard Trust or the Snow Leopard Conservancy

9.  Panthera works in seven countries across Asia.  Their scientists are conducting surveys on snow leopards and prey populations.  They are training national biologists in conservation methods, assessing threats and securing habitat. They also mitigate human-wildlife conflict, working with local communities and help governments establish National Snow Leopard Action Plans.  

10.  Get children involved too;  they can learn about snow leopards with lots of snow leopard activities!

11.  Visit the Snow Leopard Foundation.  It is dedicated to conserving viable populations of snow leopards and other wild carnivores as an integral part of landscapes across Pakistan.