Snow Leopards of Mongolia

by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Vetted since 2014 Site Visit Verified

Summary

Found across 12 countries in the mountainous regions of central Asia, only c.5,000 snow leopards now survive in the wild. Threatened by poachers and human activity, these elusive cats are coming into conflict with herders and losing their habitat to mining. To counter the threats, we work with local communities to support alternative livelihood and conservation bonus schemes, run conservation education programmes, campaign to create protected areas and fund research into the habits of the cats.

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Challenge

A warming climate, the expansion of human activity and poaching are putting the snow leopards under threat. By working with the local community, many of whom live on under $2 a day, we provide alternative livelihood schemes and conservation bonuses to deter them from poaching and from killing snow leopards in retaliation for attacks on their livestock. Our education programme helps communities understand the value of conserving wildlife and, working with them, we can secure key protected areas.

Solution

By providing alternative incomes and conservation incentives herders are less likely to kill snow leopards. And, by working with local communities we are able to campaign for the protection of key wildlife areas ensuring that mining licenses are not issued and that precious habitats are secured for the long-term benefit of herders and snow leopards alike. In addition, funding research into these elusive cats generates vital data that helps identify and target prime areas for protection.

Long-Term Impact

Addressing the issues facing snow leopards, including monitoring and research, raising awareness and engaging local communities, tackling large scale mining and providing alternative livelihoods we are able to have a positive impact upon wildlife, its habitat the local people of the region. With increasing pressure on their habitat, it is vital that holistic solutions such as these continue to be supported in order to provide long-term futures for snow leopards and local communities alike.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.davidshepherd.org
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Organization Information

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Location: Guildford, Surrey - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.davidshepherd.org
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Twitter: @TheDSWF
Project Leader:
Karen Botha
Guildford, Surrey United Kingdom
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