Adopt a snow leopard

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:

Cuddly snow leopard toy

Cuddly toy

An optional soft toy to love forever.

My snow leopards magazine

Regular updates

Both Wild World and My Snow Leopards magazines will keep you up-to-date three times a year.

Fact pack

Fact pack

Packed with facts, bookmarks and stickers.

A wonderful gift at any time of year

A wonderful gift

Give a gift that will help protect the future of snow leopards and their habitats


Map of Snow leopards range

Snow leopards prefer steep terrain, broken by cliffs, rocky outcrops and ravines. They live at high altitudes, usually at elevations of 3,000–4,500m, although they occasionally go above 5,500m in the Himalayas.

Threats

70%of their dietcan be livestock

Loss of prey

There’s around 10 times more livestock than wild prey in some snow leopard range areas

Leopard silhoette

Human conflict

Over-grazing by domestic livestock is damaging to mountain grasslands

Human silhoette

Poaching

Still hunted for their prized skins as status symbols.

20%declineover past 20 years

Medicine

Their bones are still used in traditional Asian medicine.


How we can help

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

Unlike other big cats, snow leopards can’t roar.


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