The Snow Leopard Conservancy’s educational consultant, Nagendra Budhathoki, received training in Environmental Education during a year with the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Minnesota, and a summer at Lassen Volcanic National Park sponsored by the National Park Service’s VIP Program. Under a joint US-Nepalese government program which has now ended. Nagendra adapted a Junior Ranger curriculum for schools in his homeland near the Shey-Phoksumdo National Park in western Nepal. This program has been revamped under the Snow Leopard Conservancy s sponsorship and Nagendra’s supervision.
Nagendra worked for two years as a naturalist for Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Chitwan (a World Heritage site) and Bardia National Parks – lowland preserves that are home to the Bengal tiger and Asiatic rhinoceros. Nagendra also served as Vice-Chairman of Dolpa’s District Development Committee, a legislative body in his home district, and in 2005 was awarded the Jane Spencer/Joe White Alumni Award from the Audubon Center of the North Woods, Minnesota for his contributions towards Environmental Education in Nepal. Though he is based in Kathmandu, Nagendra works closely with the local coordinators in Dunai and Mugu.