New Protected Area will Benefit Mongolia’s Snow Leopards

Snow Leopard by William Warby. CC BY 2.0
Snow Leopard by William Warby. CC BY 2.0

I just received a notification from the Snow Leopard Trust about an exciting new development. Nearly 8,163 square kilometers of land is about to be turned into a Nature Reserve, a designation that will benefit both wildlife and local people.

Mining, hunting, and construction will be banned in this area; whereas traditional activities that do not significantly harm the environment (such as sustainable livestock grazing) will still be allowed. This is appropriate, because local people were major champions for the creation of this new protected area. They began working with the Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation back in 2008 to protect the Tost region in Mongolia, and their efforts have paid off.

Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) will also gain a great deal from the Nature Reserve. Tost is an important area for the species, because it is the location of one of the most important snow leopard studies to date. Additionally, it will connect the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park and the Great Gobi Protected Area, creating one of the world’s largest protected snow leopard habitats.

To learn more about this new Nature Reserve, please read the Snow Leopard Trust’s article on the topic. I would also recommend learning more about the Snow Leopard Trust. They are one of my favorite non-profit organizations, and are deserving of our support.

20 Thoughts

    1. Yes, and a major win for all the local pastoralists who’s livelihoods won’t be negatively affected by damaging enterprises. Of course we also mustn’t forget about all the other wonderful creatures who live in the Tost area too. That’s one of the reasons I like big cats so much: protecting them helps to protect entire ecosystems. So as challenging as their conservation is, it has the potential to reap considerable rewards.

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    1. Yes, this story really is encouraging. So often local people and big cats are portrayed as being in conflict, and here a solution was found that benefits both the cats and the people who live with them. And the local people were important advocates for the new protected area! To me this shows how much we stand to gain when we take the time to get to know local people and build relationships with them.

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  1. I’m always happy when I get to read good news here! It’s great that some people keep making the effort to protect big cats :) and I also love to see how much you care about them, your vision and passion is really needed!

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    1. Indeed it is! I think these community-driven initiatives are the way forward for protected areas. They’ll help us to safeguard crucial habitats from large-scale development while minimizing the burdens that local (and often marginalized) people have to bear.

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      1. My pleasure, Josh! I totally agree with the message you’re sharing. I think our message to the world is a basically the same. We need to care more about the world around us! <3

        I also think bloggers should share "good" articles written by others as a show of support. I'm always happy to do that.

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  2. Protected the Snow leopards attest to things seem to be evolving in full circle, we’re more consciously and intellectually aware how the ecosystem (nature), animal life, and mankind are interrelated. So, we are finding innovative ways to preserve all and assure we co-exist as harmonious as possible. Plenty work to be done, but raising awareness and moving in the right direction are all a part of the progressive process. Thanks for continuing to keep us informed and aware.

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