Crucial Survey of Global Snow Leopard Population Announced

I’m still engrossed in my thesis preparations, but I had to share this critical press release. The Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) just announced that it is launching a multinational, multi-organization survey of the snow leopard’s (Panthera uncia) global population. This is a much needed study. In September of last year, the … More Crucial Survey of Global Snow Leopard Population Announced

Research Reveals Where Snow Leopards Hang Out

I am a little late on sharing this, but on January 28 the Snow Leopard Trust posted an update from their on-going snow leopard (Panthera uncia) research in the Gobi desert of Mongolia. It contains fascinating information about snow leopards’ daily habits. For this study, scientists put GPS collars on three snow leopards. These collars … More Research Reveals Where Snow Leopards Hang Out

New Update and Video from Conservation Geneticist Dr. Natalie Schmitt

In November of 2017, I published a Q&A post with Dr. Natalie Schmitt. Dr. Schmitt is a conservation geneticist who is developing a DNA field kit to help scientists study snow leopards (Panthera uncia). The paper kit can confirm whether or not a scat (poop) sample is from a snow leopard, dramatically reducing identification errors … More New Update and Video from Conservation Geneticist Dr. Natalie Schmitt

New DNA Test Could be a Game Changer for Snow Leopards

There has been considerable drama surrounding snow leopard (Panthera uncia) conservation lately. In September, the snow leopard’s threat status was downgraded from Endangered to Vulnerable. This move sparked considerable controversy, mostly due to uncertainties surrounding the cat’s population status. Conservation geneticist Dr. Natalie Schmitt has devised a unique way to help address this problem. She … More New DNA Test Could be a Game Changer for Snow Leopards

What the Snow Leopard’s new Threat Status, and the Controversy Surrounding it, Mean

This has been a crazy week for snow leopard (Panthera uncia) conservation. Seven days ago, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reclassified snow leopards from Endangered to Vulnerable. This has produced strong reactions – and not all of them have been positive. Among other services, the IUCN manages the Red List: the most … More What the Snow Leopard’s new Threat Status, and the Controversy Surrounding it, Mean

Despite Controversy, Snow Leopards Might Lose Endangered Status

A lot has happened regarding snow leopards (Panthera uncia) in the past two months. Genetic analyses revealed that there are three subspecies of snow leopards, and world leaders recently met to strengthen their efforts to protect this enigmatic cat. Now, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is considering downgrading the snow leopard’s threat status … More Despite Controversy, Snow Leopards Might Lose Endangered Status

The Global Community Speaks Up for Snow Leopards

The Global Snow Leopard Summit is taking place right now in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This is a forum in which representatives from all twelve snow leopard range countries are discussing the fate of this enigmatic cat. In July, the Snow Leopard Trust and other conservation NGOs launched a petition that was designed to urge these leaders … More The Global Community Speaks Up for Snow Leopards

World Leaders to Discuss the Fate of Snow Leopards on August 24

A critical meeting is taking place on Thursday, August 24. Delegates and heads of state from all twelve snow leopard (Panthera uncia) range countries are coming together for the Global Snow Leopard Summit, where they will be discussing the fate of this mythic cat. These world leaders will be meeting in the Kyrgyz Republic, and … More World Leaders to Discuss the Fate of Snow Leopards on August 24

Genetic Analysis Reveals Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard

A new study has been released in the Journal of Heredity. Using samples of snow leopard scat (poop) from across the cat’s range, a team of 26 scientists performed genetic analysis to better understand the species’ population structure. They determined that there are three distinct subspecies of snow leopards (Panthera uncia). The possibility of the existence … More Genetic Analysis Reveals Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard