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Conservation Education Makes Lion Hearted Kids!

  During the recent  Global Big Cat Alliance gathering in South Africa, we had the honor of visiting the Powerline Primary School, one of nine centers participating in the Global White Lion Protection Trust education program.  We were hosted by the school’s founder, Princess Kabello Chiloane, from the Sepedi branch of the local Moletele Tribe, and more »

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“The Leopard in the Land”

We proudly present a one-time screening of “The Leopard in the Land,” on Saturday, October 4. This film by James McEachen documents Disney Executive Designer Joe Rohde’s expedition to remote Mongolia to create paintings for snow leopard conservation. After the film there will be a reception and exhibition of Joe’s work. Joe, Jim, Conservancy staff, and Keesa more »

Ink drawing of horse, dog, snow leopard, eagle and Mongolian warrior

The Spirit of Sher: Big Cats in Kyrgyzstan

    Mayramkul Asanaliev is a leading Kyrgyz artist and scholar of traditional hunting. You may remember Mayramkul as a participant in the workshop of Indigenous Cultural Practitioners facilitated by the Conservancy in 2013. At the recent Global Big Cat Alliance gathering in Timbavati, South Africa, Mayramkul presented his recent paintings, drawn from the ancient more »

Sticks scraped by snow leoard

Studying Mongolia’s “Ghost Cat”

  (Guest blogger, Katey Duffey, is a Miami University/Project Dragonfly Zoology Master’s student with a research focus on mitigating human/carnivore conflicts while fostering coexistence.  Katey has just returned from Mongolia where she conducted a 3-week study to survey herder attitudes toward snow leopard conflicts and livestock losses.  Images are courtesy of Katey Duffey. )   more »

scouts sitting on hill observing wildlife

Summer Camp

Hiking in the hills, telling stories around a campfire, sleeping in tents, taking pictures of wildlife, identifying snow leopard poop…  Wait a minute, snow leopard poop?  This summer camp obviously isn’t happening in the United States! Our Snow Leopard Scouts Program in Nepal recently initiated eleven new Scouts in the Annapurna area of Lower Mustang.  more »

Four men standing near Foxlight with mountains in background

Herders’ Hearts Lightened in Remote Manang

(Because physically predator-proofing livestock corrals with traditional fencing materials can be cost prohibitive in most areas of the snow leopard range, Snow Leopard Conservancy is beginning trials with electronic deterrent devices as a more efficient alternative.  Trials are currently underway using Predator Guard [press release-],  and Foxlights in Nepal, Mongolia, and India.  The following more »

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 »