Wangchuk is a young yak herder who lives in the mountains of Bhutan. He is interested in snow leopard conservation. We gave him camera traps and trained him how to use them. In February 2013 when his yak was killed, he set up the cameras and got several hundred shots of a family of three snow leopards eating his yak. How can we offset such losses for herders like Wangchuk and retain their support for snow leopard conservation in Bhutan? This is the challenge we are working on in Bhutan.
There have been several reports of snow leopard with two cubs from different parts of Bhutan indicating that this endangered feline is breeding and doing well in Bhutan.
Learn more at http://www.bhutanfound.org/snowleopard
Bhutan's Jigme Dorji National Park is a stronghold for snow leopard and its prey. Surprisingly many other wild cats, such as golden cat, tiger and common leopard also overlap habitat edges with the snow leopard. This probably happens only in Bhutan. Deep valleys and connected habitat allow this to occur. Snow leopard habitat in Bhutan is also shared by local communities and their livestock.
Check out a wonderfully clear camera trap video of two young snow leopards in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. Panthera, the world’s leading wild cat conservation organization, recently began conducting snow leopard conservation activities in Kyrgyzstan in partnership with the National Center for Mountain Regions Development, which operates as part of Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Environment Protection, the National Academy of Sciences Kyrgyzstan, State Agency on Hunting and Forestry, and Naryn State Strict Nature Reserve.
In the Naryn State Strict Nature Reserve, Panthera’s Snow Leopard Conservation Program is supporting a multi-carnivore study focused on camera trapping and radio collaring of snow leopards and other species. In the Alai valley, Panthera is supporting a predator-prey study, including radio-collaring of snow leopards and ibex (a major snow leopard prey source), and the collection of snow leopard scat samples for DNA analysis by the American Museum of Natural History.
Based on our ongoing work in Tajikistan, Panthera works with communities in the Kyrgyz Republic to establish community-based conservation conservancies and sustainable use of argali and ibex through various means, including community dialogue; defining conservancy rights and responsibilities regarding wild ungulate populations and their habitats; anti-poaching activities; monitoring of snow leopard and prey populations; and planning and implementing non-extractive use (tourism) and sustainable harvests (hunting). Panthera is additionally supporting the development of an anti-poaching network in the Alai valley, as well as planning the cross-training of the Kyrgyz Customs Unit’s anti-narcotics dogs to detect illegal wildlife trade products.
Learn more about the state of the snow leopard and Panthera’s work throughout Asia to protect this endangered species @ http://bit.ly/IQBbT1.
Learn more about Panthera’s global wild cat conservation work @ panthera.org.