Snow leopard populations are declining due to poaching, the illegal trading of their pelts and body parts, and killings by herders when the cats prey on their livestock. A key group involved in the conservation of the snow leopard is the Snow Leopard Trust. The Trust has been conducting a long-term study of the cats in Mongolia, which has involved the collaring and tracking of 19 snow leopards. To date, the group has recorded over 18,000 individual snow leopard locations. The Wildlife Conservation Society is also engaged in various snow leopard projects, such as the collaring of the snow leopard in Afghanistan for the first time.
Snow Leopard Conservation Organizations
Cat Action Treasury (CAT)
CAT was created in 1995 to conserve the world’s 36 species of wild cat.
"...We play a leading role in advancing conservation of the big cats - tiger, lion, snow leopard, cheetah, leopard, jaguar and puma – as well as the rare and little known small cats – including marbled cat, clouded leopard, guiña, Andean cat, Asiatic golden cat, Borneo bay cat, flat-headed cat, black-footed cat and Pallas cat...CAT works closely with the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group, an international network of over 200 experts on wild cats. " Columbus Zoo
We exist to enrich our community’s quality of life and to inspire a greater appreciation of wildlife for the advancement of conservation action.
Conservation partners include the Snow Leopard Trust. David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is an adaptable and flexible, non-bureaucratic organisation responding promptly to conservation threats by supporting trusted, reputable individuals and organisations operating in the field.
"...David Shepherd is known internationally as an artist and ambassador for wildlife. In 1960 he become a conservationist overnight when he came across 255 zebra lying dead around a poisoned waterhole in Tanzania. David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) has given away over £4million in grants to save critically endangered mammals in their wild habitat and benefit the local people who share their environment...(the) foundation supports a range of innovative, vital and far-reaching projects throughout Africa and Asia, achieving real results for wildlife survival..." Felidae Conservation Fund
Advances the conservation of the world’s 37 felidae species and their habitats through a combination of pioneering research, compelling education and state-of-the-art technology.
IUCN/SSC: Cat Specialist Group
Advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species.
"...The IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group brings together more than 200 of the world’s leading cat experts, including scientists, wildlife managers and conservationists from 50 countries who are dedicated to advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species...The Cat Specialist Group is active in many of its own initiatives as well, focusing on the development of tools for the assessment of the species’ status, for the compilation and distribution of intelligence and for supporting the work of its members..." Panthera
Panthera focuses its conservation efforts on imperiled cats, including tigers, lions, jaguars snow leopards and several small wild cats; dwnloadable maps and data.
Snow Leopard Conservancy
Advances community-based stewardship of these endangered big cats through grassroots conservation initiatives, range-country environmental education, training of herders in wildlife monitoring, and collaborative research blending traditional knowledge and
Snow Leopard Conservancy, 18030 Comstock Avenue, Sonoma CA 95476 707-935-3851 firstname.lastname@example.org Snow Leopard Trust
The study and protection of the endangered snow leopard.
The Altai Project
Protectng the natural and cultural heritage of Altai in Southern Siberia
As of 2014, fewer than 100 snow leopards remain in Russia, mostly in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion...Scientists from Altaisky Nature Reserve, Arkhar NGO, and regional protected areas have spent the last 3 years conducting extensive presence/absence and camera-trapping surveys to gain a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of snow leopard distribution and ecology in Altai and other parts of the cat’s Russian habitat range. The Snow Leopard Conservancy
Advances community-bsed stewardship of the snow leopard through education, research and grassroots conservation actions.
University of Oxford: Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU)
WildCRU was founded by David Macdonald, Oxford‘s first Professor of Wildlife Conservation. It is part of the University of Oxford, withinthe Department of Zoology.
Tackling "the emerging biodiversity crisis and wider environmental issues by bridging the gap between academic theory and practical problem solving..." Works in collaboration with Panthera Foundation. Research projects have involved the snow leopard and cheetah, in addition to big cat conservation. Wildlife Conservation Network
Supports independent, community-based conseration efforts worldwide with a focus on protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats.
Wildlife Conservation Society
WCS is dedicated to saving wildlife and wildlife places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks