This is a very special post. A few weeks ago, I shared an article about a DNA field kit that could revolutionize snow leopard conservation. This kit, developed by Dr. Natalie Schmitt, will allow researchers to test scat (poop) that they find in the field. If it belongs to a snow leopard, the field kit … More Q&A with Conservation Geneticist Natalie Schmitt
Today, October 23, is International Snow Leopard Day! This is a day set aside to celebrate snow leopards (Panthera uncia), the people who live with them, and the crucial mountain ecosystems they inhabit. The high mountains of Central Asia are now being called the “Third Pole” as a result of the massive glaciers they contain. … More It’s International Snow Leopard Day!
Snow Leopard Trust has been working with communities throughout the snow leopard’s range to encourage the conservation of this almost mythical cat. Local people in Pakistan have been particularly helpful, showing great tolerance for Panthera uncia. But now they need our help. Last month, Snow Leopard Conservation Communities in Pakistan were devastated by powerful floods. … More Help Pakistan’s Snow Leopard Conservation Communities Recover from Devastating Floods
This link contains some stunning images of snow leopards from Inger Vandyke, an Australian photographer. Vandyke and her companions spent 17 days in the Indian Himalayas, and while there they were able to spot one of the most elusive animals on Earth: the snow leopard. Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) are some of the most beautiful … More Can You Spot the Snow Leopard?
While jaguars are my favorite big cats, snow leopards (Panthera uncia) come in at a close second. There’s something mystical about them; probably because they’re so beautiful. Therefore I’m pleased to share this story with you. An organization called Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) has been working with communities in Kyrgyzstan to conserve snow leopards. They’ve … More Financial Incentives Benefit Snow Leopards in Kyrgyzstan