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Happy Birthday, Ashakiran!

Today we celebrate the 12th birthday of Ashakiran, a snow leopard very dear to our hearts. Asha is a retired ambassador snow leopard with the Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund in Occidental, California.  During the past 12 years Asha has helped raise over $100,000 in donations for Snow Leopard Conservancy! We are posting these more »

Camera Trapping in Nepal

Update from Nepal: Snow Leopards Scouts–Camera Trapping Fifteen students, four teachers, one herder and three Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) staff joined two SLC coordinators on a one-day field excursion to Sakawo, a snow leopard hotspot in high alpine pasture with abundant snow leopard signs.  Here they learned to observe and classify blue sheep as more »

Arts Competition in Nepal

Field Update from Nepal: Snow Leopard Scouts Committee Stone Painting and Arts Competition On 20 April, senior artist, Chhewang Jigmi Lowa – resident of Lomanthang, showed students of the Snow Leopard Scouts Committee how to paint wildlife species on small rocks and stones gathered from local streams. Special care was made to select stones or more »

Sacred Species, Sacred Sites

Sacred Species, Sacred Sites Snow Leopard is symbolized on many Central Asian coats of arms A great deal of research and thinking has gone into the theory and practice of integrating Western and Indigenous conservation science. There is a growing recognition that cultural and biological diversity are deeply linked and that conservation programs should take more »

Conservation-Bhutan

Community-based Stewardship of Snow Leopards in Bhutan Bhutan is famous for its development philosophy of Gross National Happiness, built on the principles of environmental conservation, equitable and sustainable development, good governance, and cultural preservation. Seventy-two percent of Bhutan is forested and more than a third of the country falls within a protected area. But there more »