Powerful, captivating and incredibly vulnerable to poaching and loss of prey.
The elegant snow leopard is one of the world’s most elusive cats. Sparsely distributed across 12 countries in central Asia, it’s usually found in high, rugged mountain landscapes at elevations of 3,000–4,500m. But in just 16 years, snow leopard numbers have declined by at least 20%.
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Your adoption really helps
Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor snow leopard movement and reduce human-snow leopard conflict.
Protect these incredible animals and receive:
An optional soft toy to love forever.
Both Wild World and My Snow Leopards magazines will keep you up-to-date three times a year.
Packed with facts, bookmarks and stickers.
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Give a gift that will help protect the future of snow leopards and their habitats
Loss of prey
There’s around 10 times more livestock than wild prey in some snow leopard range areas
Over-grazing by domestic livestock is damaging to mountain grasslands
Still hunted for their prized skins as status symbols.
Their bones are still used in traditional Asian medicine.
We’re working with governments, local communities and TRAFFIC (the wildlife trade monitoring network) to prevent the illegal trade in snow leopards and their body parts, reduce conflict with local people, and protect the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area.
The snow leopard’s habitat also provides important resources for the many people who live there – from food and medicine to wood for shelter, heat and fuel. By helping to protect the snow leopard, we’re helping to conserve its environment for the benefit of people and nature.
Your adoption and support will help us:
- train and equip anti-poaching patrols
- promote sustainable use of natural resources in the region
- work with local communities to monitor snow leopard movement and reduce human-snow leopard conflict
- support compensation schemes for local farmers who have lost livestock to snow leopards
- establish programmes to increase wild prey numbers
- fund our other essential work around the world