This original 4×2′ thangka (traditional Buddhist sacred art) by artist Leslie Nguyen depicts two differing paradigms. The picture shows the “Valley of Harmony” at the top, and the “Valley of Conflicts” at bottom.
At the top is the “Valley of Harmony,” where the community guards their livestock well, protects snow leopards and other wildlife, and generates valuable household income. The Snow Leopard Conservancy uses large poster versions of the image in schools and communities in the cats’ habitat, to engage local people in conservation planning and action.
The image at the bottom depicts the “Valley of Conflicts,” where the community needs help in understanding the snow leopard’s role in the ecosystem, improving livestock husbandry, and benefiting from living in harmony with the environment.