Our special guest for the June 24, 2021 Cat Chat was the Conservancy’s Australian Ambassador Margaret Gee. She was joined by Shavaun Kidd, author/editor of Searching for the Snow Leopard.
Margaret, who lives in Sydney, has worked in publishing for over 30 years. For the past two decades, she has been a literary agent specializing in memoirs and other non-fiction works, focusing on nature, Himalayan cultures, anthropology, history, animal welfare, and wellness. And it was she who was inspired to create a book containing the photographs of the elusive snow leopard.
Margaret has visited Bhutan eight times and traveled extensively in Nepal, India, Burma, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In January of 2020, Margaret traveled to India to embark on her first snow leopard trek. She described her experience and what it was like to see a snow leopard in the wild. Margaret and Shavaun were also joined by Darla Hillard and Rodney Jackson. They talked about the collaboration and development of Searching and how remarkable it was to be able to assemble such a large collection of manually taken photographs of snow leopards in the wild for the book and what a testament that is to successful conservation action in the region.