Som Ale, the Snow Leopard Conservancy’s Regional Conservation Director, is a Nepalese wildlife biologist active in research and conservation of the snow leopard. He has extensive experience in the Mount Everest area, and is working with the Conservancy to conduct a corridor assessment to identify key areas linking Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park with adjacent protected areas in Nepal and Tibet. This assessment will help us to know where best to focus community corral predator-proofing efforts and income-generating incentive programs. The establishment and maintenance of landscape corridors present one of the most important challenges for this century.
Som witnessed and photographed in 2004 the first confirmed sighting of the elusive snow leopard on the Nepal side of Mount Everest since the 1960s. He has served as the National Program Manager for the GEF-UNDP Upper Mustang Biodiversity Conservation Project, and was Conservation Officer, promoted to Officer in Charge of the National Trust (formerly King Mahendra Trust) for Nature Conservation/Annapurna Conservation Area Project.
Som’s field experience includes research on the Ecology and conservation of the snow leopard and the Himalayan tahr in Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, Nepal. PhD thesis; serving as co-principal investigator on an Earthwatch Institute project to investigate the ecology of snow leopard and blue sheep in the trans-Himalayan regions of Nepal adjoining Tibet/China; investigation of the status of large mammals in Modi watershed in the southern flank of the Annapurna Himalaya by the Landruk Integrated Micro-hydro Project. GEO/Germany; study of the rutting behavior of blue sheep in Manang valley, mid-west Nepal (Masters thesis), and serving as co-investigator on a five-year USAID project that addressed livestock depredation, grazing and wildlife conservation in the Nepal Himalaya.