The Snow Leopard Conservancy

The Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) based in Sonoma CA was founded by Dr. Rodney Jackson, a renowned expert on Snow Leopards (Panthera uncia) and their habitat. The SLC was established in the year 2000 around his passion is helping local people coexist with this magnificent predator. Today, the Conservancy actively partners with local communities in Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Russia, and India to educate Residence to protect this Magnificent Creature.

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Excerpt from The Snow Leopard Conservancy’s, “Our Story” page.

What we do
We work with local partners and herder communities, the front line in preserving the biodiversity of Central Asia’s high mountains by providing technical and financial assistance for activities linked to stewardship and biodiversity conservation.  Our programs build community ownership of projects, long-term self-reliance, and ecosystem health. We involve communities in non-invasive baseline research on snow leopards, their prey and habitat, blending western science with indigenous knowledge.

Why we do it
There is less and less land for the wild animals in our world.  Saving this iconic species has been our life’s work. Our task is to help local communities keep livestock depredation from snow leopards at a manageable level while increasing incomes and strengthening stewardship of alpine ecosystems. We will know we have done our job when Central Asia’s herders recognize and act upon the greater worth of having a live snow leopard rather than a pelt of one that took their livestock.

What are the challenges
Working in so many different countries and in such remote areas leads to difficulties communicating with our in-country partners.  Travel is slow and arduous. Additionally, politics and authorizing agencies with varied regulations can impede conservation. There is also a lack of conservation training in many of these countries as that has not been a priority.  Poaching, mining, and retaliation for killing of livestock, are direct threats to the existence of the snow leopard.

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