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Snow Leopard and cub

Young Village Chief and Snow Leopards

  In remote Annapurna (Nepal) in the Spring of 2011 — one of the remote cameras captured an adult snow leopard named Mukti, literally meaning “liberty”, along the slopes of Muktinath (holy pilgrimage site) situated at the elevation of 4,000 meters. [Muktinath is considered a salvation valley for Hindu people and also a religious site more »

Rodney & Darla in early 1980s

Packing Parties

  Back in the 1980s, after Rodney won the Rolex Award—which funded the first radio-tracking study of snow leopards—we traveled back & forth between California and Nepal several times a year.  We would spend up to eight  months at a time in our remote Himalayan camp, coming home during the summer monsoon season. My family more »

Prayer flags with mountain in background

Himalayan Holiday

Trekking in the Himalayas and seeing wild snow leopards is only what conservationists and researchers like Rodney Jackson get to do, right? Wrong!  Several years ago Snow Leopard Conservancy joined forces with KarmaQuest Adventure Travel to offer a unique trekking experience in prime snow leopard habitat in Ladakh, India for anyone interested in going.  Highlights more »

Lhakpa and his son

Viewpoint From a Nepali Herder

  Lhakpa Gurung and his son near materials for predator proofing corrals (photo: SLC/NTNC)   Lhakpa Gurung, a local herder from a remote Samdzong village in  Mustang, owns 400 sheep and goats, 4 horses and 5 cows. “Snow lepard makes us poor people even poorer,” he complains.  “It  massacres our sheep and goats when it more »

Ramesh near trail camera

Ramesh Sunar, Snow Leopard Scout

  Ramesh Sunar with a camera trap he monitors in Nepal (photo: SLC/NTNC)   As recently as a few years ago, Ramesh Sunar of Thini,  Annapurna- Nepal, used to kill Chukar (partridges) and other wild birds without a second thought. Whenever he caught a glimpse of a fox, he would chase after it. But ever more »

Pallas' cat camera trap image

Discovery of First Pallas’ Cat in Nepal

   Pallas’ cat in Nepal  (photo: NTNC-ACAP/SLC)   Exciting camera trap images from our Nepal team shows Pallas’ cats, otherwise known as Manul, are living in Nepal!  Even though they live in grassland and mountain steppe areas throughout Asia, until these images were taken, presence of the Pallas’ cat in Nepal was never suspected or more »

Ang Maya by her garden

Woman Along the Nepal Conservation Trail

Village of Thamo in Nepal (photo: SLC/NTNC)   Ang Maya Sherpa from Thamo, one of the several settlements in Everest, has never seen a snow leopard, but many times she has chased away Himalayan tahr, local prey of snow leopard, from her vegetable garden. “If the prey is here, the predator must be somewhere nearby,” more »

Picture of village & herder with sheep in front

Pema Tsering, SLC Coordinator in Nepal

Pema Tsering is the Program Coordinator for Snow Leopard Conservancy in Mustang.  Here he gives us a bit of information about what it is like living in Mustang and explains his role with the Conservancy.   Pema’s holiday greeting from Mustang (photo: Pema Tsering)   Here we have no snow yet …but soon we will more »