Outreach and Education Partners


American Himalayan Foundation (http://www.himalayan-foundation.org/), based in San Francisco, California with a field office in Nepal. The American Himalayan Foundation was founded twenty-five years ago to respond to pressing problems in the Himalaya, by building schools, planting trees, training doctors, funding hospitals, taking care of children and elderly, and restoring sacred sites. The AHF also assists and encourages Tibetans to rebuild and maintain their culture both in exile, and within Tibet.

Australian Himalayan Foundation (australianhimalayanfoundation.org.au), based in Sydney, with the vision of helping the people of the Himalaya achieve their goals. The Australian Himalayan Foundation’s aim is to achieve this through the long-term viability of schools, through the provision of health, education and medical services and by supporting environmental projects throughout the Himalaya.

Calgary Zoological Society, Canada (www.calgaryzoo.org) The Calgary Zoo’s Conservation Outreach lives and breathes conservation. Funds raised by the Outreach team support conservation programs from the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary in West Africa to the snow leopards of the Himalayas, along with many programs in Canada and around the world. Kevin Strange, Senior Advisor of Conservation Outreach, works to create financial support for the numerous conservation projects the Calgary Zoo sponsors through its Conservation Fund, and spends considerable time raising the profile of this important work within the community at large.

Cat Action Treasury, (CAT), (www.felidae.org). CAT was created in 1995 to conserve the world’s 36 species of wild cat. CAT plays a leading role in advancing conservation of the big cats as well as the rare and little known small cats. CAT works closely with the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group, an international network of over 200 experts on wild cats. By harnessing their knowledge, CAT is able to focus on the most urgent conservation needs and ensure best practices. Providing analysis for government decision makers is another priority for CAT, resulting in achievements including banning trade in tiger farming for tiger bone medicines, and regional cooperation agreements to conserve the African lion.

Sebastopol artist Molly Eckler (www.mollyeckler.com) created the Snow Leopard Conservancy’s beautiful logo, letterhead and business cards. Visit Molly’s website to see examples of her work commissioned by the Pt. Reyes National Seashore Association, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, City of Sebastopol, and California Coastal Conservancy – and her award-winning baby T-Rex T-shirt design.

Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) Nonprofit Program (www.esri.com), California. Esri is a software development and services company providing Geographic Information System (GIS) software and geodatabase management applications. Through its nonprofit grants program, Esri provides software and technology to nonprofits whose focus is on environmental and humanitarian initiatives.

Fred Hood (www.felidfoto.com). Fred is a wild cat lover and photographer. He has chosen the Snow Leopard Conservancy as one of the cat conservation and education organizations to which he will donate a portion of his sales.

International Trust for Nature Conservation (ITNC) (www.ntnc.org.np). London. The ITNC is a British registered charity founded in 1980 by A.V. Jim Edwards and a group of like minded people united in a determination to try and protect parts of the world where wildlife is threatened by human activities.

Traveling with KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel (www.KarmaQuests.com) is much more than a holiday adventure, it is experiencing a new culture and way of life from the inside out. It is helping to conserve the natural environment, endangered wildlife, and our world’s rich cultural heritage by supporting conservation and sustainable tourism. It is about learning from studied and local experts in the field and on location. KarmaQuest is a partner with the SLC in offering Special Snow Leopard Treks.

Project Survival/Sierra Endangered Cat Haven (www.cathaven.com/), Dunlap, California. Project Survival’s Cat Haven was founded by Dale Anderson as an innovative park that promotes the conservation and preservation of wild cats in their native habitat by educating visitors, offering youth programs at the facility, and conducting an outreach program in the community.

San Francisco Zoo (www.sfzoo.org ) A tenet of the San Francisco Zoo is the recognition that people have the intelligence and compassion to turn the current extinction and environmental crisis around; they just need some help to get motivated. That’s why the Zoo has made it their goal to inspire our one million annual visitors to take some form of conservation action. From breeding endangered species as a hedge against extinction, to operating Zoo facilities in a green manner, to working to preserve the habitat in our own backyard, the San Francisco Zoo practices what it preaches.

Spirit Hoods (www.spirithoods.com). Spirit Hoods manufactures a unique line of animal inspired faux fur accesories for men, women, and children. We all want to be unique and we all appreciate the love and the bond we share with our family and friends, our BrotherHoods, our SisterHoods, our Tribe. SpiritHoods are more than just a wild accessory, they represent this bond and the connection we have with our wild natures. The Spirit Hood creators believe in the conservation and protection of both the planet and its animals, and to help give back they have created Product Blue, through which they donate a portion of online proceeds to non-profit organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation.

Torchlight Cellars (http://store.torchlightcellars.com/wine-shop-benefiting-the-snow-leopard-conservancy-c3.aspx). Torchlight Cellars specializes in no-cost, effective wine fundraising programs for nonprofits and private organizations, as well as charitable private-label wines for corporate gifting, business gifts, weddings, events and all of your private-label wine needs. A portion of every bottle of Torchlight Cellars/Long Tail wine sold benefits the Snow Leopard Conservancy. Torchlight’s winemaker, Gustavo Brambila, was recently featured (played by Freddie Rodriguez) in the film hit "Bottleshock", which depicts the historic event that put Napa Valley on the wine map – the Americans beat the French in a blind tasting by French judges!

Wholly Goat (www.whollygoat.com), Wholly Goat specializes in exquisite scarves and shawls made from the finest cashmere using traditional Nepalese craftmanship and branded, “made with love, from Nepal.” Wholly Goat’s partners work with young weavers to ensure that the traditional techniques and hand printed designs have a modern take, and also that weavers are paid a fair wage so that they are able to provide for their families. A portion of the proceeds of every Kabita Snow Leopard scarf sold benefits the Snow Leopard Conservancy.

Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund (wildcatfund.org), California. Rob and Barbara Dicely established their facility in 1993, in order to provide the public with an opportunity to encounter animals they may never otherwise see or care about. Their ambassador cats now visit schools, libraries, scout groups, park & recreation centers and private venues. Their programs have reached over 600,000 people with the urgency of saving the earth’s remaining wild cats.

Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) (www.WildNet.org). WCN is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats. WCN supports innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. WCN fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in the field of conservation, partnering with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and providing them with the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. To magnify the effectiveness of their work, WCN sustains a strong network of wildlife supporters though which these courageous conservationists may learn from each other and communicate directly with passionate donors.

Current Field Partners

Altai Alliance (http://altaiproject.org). The Altai Alliance was formed in 2008 to protect the spectacular Altai mountain territory in southern Siberia, Russia. The Alliance is sponsored by The Altai Project of Earth Island Institute, and is comprised of international and local institutions and donors who are working to protect the environment and sustainable resource use in the Altai Republic, which is poised to become either an environmental catastrophe or a model of how humans can live in harmony with nature.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) (www.ntnc.org.np/acap.php), Nepal, is widely acknowledged as a pioneering effort in community-based conservation and development. ACAP operates under the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), which is dedicated to promoting, conserving and managing nature in all its diversity, balancing human needs with the environment on a sustainable basis for posterity.

Baltistan Wildlife Conservation & Development Organization/Project Snow Leopard (www.fmntrekking.com.pk/psl.html), Pakistan. Project Snow Leopard works to conserve snow leopards in the Baltistan Region. Founded by Dr. Shafqat Hussain, and partially funded with profits from his company, Full Moon Night Trekking, Shafqat developed an award-winning insurance scheme to compensate local farmers for livestock lost to snow leopard predation.

Chinese Academy of Forestry. A multi-discipline, comprehensive and public interests research institution affiliated with the State Forestry Administration. The Academy is principally engaged in forest research of applied sciences while conducting research to address the scientific and technological issues that bear overall, comprehensive, crucial and fundamental magnitudes as well as to serve the needs of forestry modernization.

Dolpo Institute. Dolpo Institute, founded by Nagendra Bhudathoki in 2007, is a Dolpa-based NGO with the mission of providing greater opportunities in life to the disadvantaged people of Karnali District.

Ecotourism & Conservation Society of Sikkim (ECOSS) (www.sikkiminfo.net/ecoss/) is comprised of members who are dedicated to community self-reliance and have a mandate to achieve the goals of sustainable development in the fields of ecotourism and conservation.

International Snow Leopard Trust (ISLT) (www.snowleopard.org/), based in Seattle, Washington, is dedicated to the conservation of the endangered snow leopard and its mountain ecosystem through a balanced approach that considers the needs of the people and the environment.

Kalpavriksh (www.kalpavriksh.org/). Kalpavriksh is a magical tree in Indian mythology which fulfills people’s wishes. Kalpavriksh, the Non-Governmental Organization, believes that a country can develop meaningfully only when ecological sustainability and social equity are guaranteed and a sense of respect for, and oneness with, nature and fellow humans is achieved.

Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC) (www.sikkiminfo.net/ecoss/kbr.htm), Sikkim, is a community based organization comprised of representatives of community and stake holders in tourism enterprise. KCC works for the conservation of natural and cultural resources, to mitigate negative impacts of tourism through skill development training, micro planning, awareness campaigns, monitoring of natural resources, and advocacy for appropriate policy changes.

Khunjerab Village Organization (KVO). Pakistan, KVO refers to a coalition of seven villages with 307 households, located along the Karakoram Highway, near Pakistan’s border with China. Also nearby is the 877 square-mile Khunjerab National Park. KVO cooperates with Park authorities, WWF-Pakistan, IUCN-Pakistan and the Snow Leopard Conservancy on management issues in the Park and buffer zone.

Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG), promotes ecological and sustainable development which harmonizes with and builds on traditional culture in Ladakh, India.

Mongolian Academy of Science Forty-nine scientific organizations comprise the Academy, including five technological, three natural, five agricultural, four medical, and fifteen social science institutions and centers, as well as ten research, experimental and production corporations. A catalog of Mongolian mammals, birds, fish and insects has been made. One hundred nineteen new and previously unknown medicinal plants have been discovered.

Murgab Ecotourism Association (META) (http://phiproject.free.fr/specialecotourism.htm) operates in the heart of Tajikistan’s famed Pamir Mountains, home to Marco Polo Sheep. Established by ACTED, with assistance from UNESCO in 2004, the organization’s goal is to promote a sustainable socio-economic dynamic of ecotourism in the East Pamir, focused around natural and cultural resources conservation as well as self-mobilisation, and based on high community participation.

Muse (www.spitiecosphere.com/about_us_partners.htm), India. The Muses, in Greek mythology, were the nine goddesses or spiritual guides who inspired creativity. Muse today is an NGO working on issues pertaining to the development of sustainable livelihoods, environment and culture conservation, policy advocacy and women’s empowerment in the Spiti valley for over 6 years. The organisation was formed in the summer of 2002 by a group of individuals whose passion for the mountains and sustainable development inspired them to come together for this endeavour.

National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) (http://www.ntnc.org.np), Nepal, is dedicated to promoting, conserving and managing nature in all its diversity, balancing human needs with the environment on a sustainable basis for posterity. Its Annapurna Conservation Area Project is widely acknowledged as a pioneering effort in community-based conservation and development.

The Rocky Mountain Cat Conservancy (RMCC) (www.catconservancy.org/), is dedicated to promoting wild cat conservation through research and community stewardship. Involving school children in non-invasive camera trapping of mountain lions is a key of this newly established organization.

Snow Leopard Conservancy – India (www.SnowLeopardHimalayas.org). Snow Leopard Conservancy-India is dedicated to promoting innovative community-based stewardship of the endangered snow leopard, its prey and habitat to the benefit of local people and the environment in the trans-Himalayan regions of Ladakh.

Snow Leopard Network, (SLN) (www.snowleopardnetwork.org/), is charged with coordinating the efforts of researchers and conservationists working across the snow leopard’s vast range. The network will exchange information and collaborate on projects through its member organizations, with the goal of maximizing limited resources and minimizing duplication of effort.

Texas A&M University (www.tamu.org) Collaboration through the Dept. of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, with the Chinese Academy of Forestry, to examine the distribution, evolution, and status of mammals in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Dr. Jan Janecka leads the program within Dr. William Murphy’s laboratory, where he is conducting research on the evolution of mammals.

Wildlife Protection Department of Jammu and Kashmir State, and especially the staff of the Ladakh office in Leh.

WWF-Nepal (http://www.wwfnepal.org) provides support to several important snow leopard protected areas, such as Shey-Phoksundo National Park where Rodney Jackson conducted the world’s first radio-tracking study of snow leopards in the early 1980’s.

Former Field Partners

Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), Paris (www.acted.org. ACTED is an apolitical, and non-confessional international relief agency active on 5 continents in 14 countries. ACTED develops about 160 projects a year in emergency relief, food security, health and populations, economic development, natural disaster prevention, and cultural promotion.

Dolpa Educational Social and Environmental Reservation Team (DESERT), Nepal ( www.friendsofdolpa.org) DESERT is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1993, with ambitious education and conservation projects dedicated to providing opportunities for Dolpa children (in particular) and to preserving the natural and cultural environments found in the region.

Fauna & Flora International China (www.fauna-flora.org/qinghai.php) On the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China, Fauna & Flora International is encouraging nomad communities to view wildlife conservation as a means to improve livelihoods and protect their unique culture.

Hushey Village Conservation Committee. Pakistan, Comprised of six members, the Committee was established in 1997, in partnership with the IUCN- Pakistan Biodiversity Conservation Project. The Committee is responsible for controlling unlawful hunting of wild animals and birds in the Hushey Community Conservation Area.

Japanese Wildlife Research Center The Japanese Archipelago enjoys a rich diversity. Intensive land use due to heavy population has resulted in conflicts between human activities and nature. We must strike a balance between them and we need technology for it. The Japan Wildlife Research Center was founded to develop art, science and policy to keep the coexistence between human society and nature.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, (Steve Zachary, Education Specialist). Between 1997 and 2000, the U.S. Dept. of Interior was involved in the Partnership for Biodiversity in Nepal’s far western Dolpo District. Over several working visits to Nepal, Steve developed an abiding interest in the country and a continuing commitment to assist with its conservation challenges.

Manang Youth Society (www.destinationmanang.com/) Nepal. A not-for-profit group comprising young Manangi professionals working to improve the living standards of villagers in Manang. Established in 1999, the society has been involved in setting up and running educational and health projects in Manang district. Society members have been the main organizers of Destination Manang 2004, aimed at highlighting the cultural and wildlife viewing attractions of this part of the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Mountain Institute (TMI) (www.mountain.org/), Washington, D.C. A scientific and educational organization, TMI is committed to preserving mountain environments and advancing mountain cultures throughout the world. TMI supports field initiatives in the Andes of South America, the Himalaya of Asia, and the Appalachians of North America.

Mountain Spirit, (MS), Nepal, is dedicated to making the mountains a better place to live, work and visit by improving the quality of life and empowering the local people to make their own decisions and determine their own destiny. MS specializes in training field workers in applying APPA in sustainable development, protection of the environment, and human capacity-building. With staff from Himalayan mountain communities, they have participated in diverse community-based projects in Nepal, Sikkim, and Tibet.

Shimshal Nature Trust, (SNT), (www.mockandoneil.com/shimshal.htm) (www.brocku.ca/geography/faculty/d_butz/shimshal.php), Pakistan, engages in tasks related to community economic, social, cultural, educational, and environmental development; working as a link between internal (village) and external organizations; cooperating with all religious, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations working for the welfare of the local people; organizing and strengthening common causes and efforts of village level organizations.

Society for Environmental Education, (SEE), Pakistan, is an association of primary, middle, and high school teachers in the Gojal district of Pakistan’s Northern Areas. It is headed by Aziz Kahn, a dynamic teacher at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Morkhun Village.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), France. ( www.unesco.org). UNESCO’s program, Cultural and Eco-tourism in the Mountainous Regions of Central Asia and in the Himalayas, is part of a program to assist the 190 Member States in preparing their cultural tourism policies while reconsidering the relationship between tourism and cultural diversity, tourism and intercultural dialogue, and tourism and development. In this way, UNESCO proposes to contribute to the fight against poverty, protection of the environment and mutual appreciation of cultures. An interdisciplinary project, drawing on the expertise of international NGOs and tourism professionals in the seven participating countries, the project is making a practical and positive contribution to alleviating poverty by helping local communities to draw the maximum benefit from their region’s tourism potential, while protecting the environmental and cultural heritage of the region concerned.

Xinjaing Conservation Fund, China, A network of local NGOs coordinating input into national and international processes and facilitating sustainable environmental development in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. XCF aims to improve the rights of vulnerable groups (elders, women, children, ethnic groups), raising public awareness of environmental protection, implementing conservation projects in order to promote the establishment and development of a harmonious civil society in Xinjiang.