Participants from Sarswoti Secondary School at Toribari, Sikaicha, Taplejung, March 2023
Photo: Niraj Thakali/TSN/SLC
Taplejung-based Himali Conservation Forum (HCF) in partnership with Teka Samuha Nepal and the Snow Leopard Conservancy conducted Snow Leopard Nature Tours as part of the community-based Snow Leopard Conservation Program from March 9-17, 2023. Taplejung is one of Nepal’s notable snow leopard habitat ranges.
Conservation education is essential for everyone, especially students and community members who share snow leopard and protected animal habitats, to help them learn about wildlife and the natural resources they utilize as well as how to manage those resources sustainably for present and future generations. Snow leopard nature tours proved to be a successful way of disseminating snow leopard- based scientific knowledge among students, teachers, citizen scientists, and community members.
Students participating in games
HCF partnered with six local schools to organize the tour programs. Participants were students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The program objectives included:
Creating a synergetic space for students to learn about snow leopards, habitat, and prey.
Helping students to learn from nature and sharing that knowledge and their experiences with others
Acquainting students with technology used to monitor snow leopards and their prey
Boosting students’ capacities and creativity