The Snow Leopard Conservancy, a non-profit organization headquartered in Sonoma, California, was founded by Dr. Rodney Jackson, a leading expert on snow leopards (Panthera uncia) and their habitat.

“In January 1982, Dr. Jackson began three and a half years of research in the mountains of Nepal after receiving the 1982 Rolex Enterprise Award for his proposal to radio collar and study snow leopards in the wild. A June 1986 National Geographic cover story documented his success at being the first to implement VHF radio collar technology with this species. The monitoring of five cats produced an extensive body of information on diet, preferred habitat, home range size, abundance and density, and marking behaviors that are specific to the snow leopard.” (Searching for the Snow Leopard, 2020)

Since that time, Dr. Jackson has trained biologists across many of the snow leopard’s 12 range countries in field survey methods. His passion, however, rests with helping local people coexist with this elusive predator.

Dr. Jackson and Darla Hillard’s continued work with rural communities led to the establishment of the Snow Leopard Conservancy in 2000 and the development of grassroots interventions, including predator-proofed corrals, Himalayan Homestays, and other economic incentives for transforming the snow leopard from a pest to a valuable asset in the eyes of local people.

Today, the Conservancy actively partners with local communities in Bhutan, India, Altai and Buryat Republics of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Nepal, and Pakistan.

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International Snow Leopard Day Festival – Kyrgyzstan

2022 U.S. Headquarters Staff  Ashleigh Lutz-Nelson, Executive Director · Darla Hillard, Land of the Snow Leopard Network Facilitator · Charleen Gavette, Conservation and Education Program Manager · Joyce Robinson, Administrative Assistant · Shavaun Kidd, Outreach Manager/Conservation Educator · Kathy Ah San, Accounts and Office Administrator ⋅ Brian Peniston, Program Manager.

2022 Board of Directors  Rodney Jackson, PhD, Founder/President · Raja Bhadury, Vice-President · Bob Wilson, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer · Carolyn MacKenzie, Secretary · Caroline Gabel, Trustee · Mary Herrmann, Trustee · Tshewang Wangchuk, Trustee · Eric Newsom, Trustee.

2022 Advisory Board  Christine Breitenmoser-Würsten PhD, IUCN Cat Specialist Group · Renee Bumpus, Conservation Manager, Houston Zoo · Don Hunter PhD, Founder, Rocky Mountain Cat Conservancy · Kristin Nowell, Director, Cat Action Treasury · Barbara Palmer, Husbandry Advisor, AZA/Felid Taxon Advisory Group · Camille Richard, Rangeland Ecologist · George Schaller PhD · Mike Weddle, Science Instructor-Retired.