Feature – Snow Leopard Trust



Snow Leopard Trust

Snow Leopards are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species(version 2022-1)

Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) – Vulnerable *

      • There may be as few as 4,000 leopards, scattered across the mountains of 12 countries. (India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan)
      • They are known as the “Ghosts of the Mountains“.
      • They are perfectly camouflaged to their harsh terrain and live in extremes of climate.
      • Can grow to 2m long – half of which can be tail!
      • They can leap up to 15m (50ft)!

About Snow Leopard Trust

Exquisite, elusive, and endangered, the snow leopard (Panthera uncia) makes its home in some of the world’s harshest, most remote mountain environments. For centuries, snow leopards have thrived in the snowy peaks, but today they face threats of illegal hunting, loss of habitat, and the decline of natural prey.

Despite a range of over 2 million km2, scientists estimate that there may only be between 3,920 and 6,390 snow leopards left in the wild. 

Founded in 1981, the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) works with governments and conservationists in all 12 countries where snow leopards are found. In several of these countries, we have on-ground conservation teams that implement community based conservation  and conservation education programs, conduct scientific research, and contribute to policy development.

Using a collaborative approach, SLT works to:

      • Authentically partner with local people to protect snow leopards and benefit the communities sharing the mountains with cats everyday.
      • Conduct research to better understand the cats and define threats to their survival.
      • Connect a network of professionals by linking hands across borders, to ensure a future for snow leopards in the wild.

[* current IUCN Red List Category]

 Living with Snow Leopards – Tashi’s Story Snow Leopards 101 
 (Credit: SLT / Nature Conservation Foundation) (Credit: NatGeo Wild) 

(photos by Snow Leopard Trust & partner organizations, Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation (Mongolia), Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan, and Nature Conservation Foundation (India))

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This team and their vital work needs your help.

So what can you do to help?


… the answer is a great deal … and all of it would make a difference …

 Read more about the team’s work …
Visit SLT 
 Adopt a Snow Leopard …Adopt a Snow Leopard 
 Donate to the team directly …Donate to SLT 
 Visit the SLT Shop …
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 Follow them on social media …

… and just as important … tell everyone you know  …

… please tweet, re-tweet, share, post, re-post, and tag … telling as many people as you can about the dedication and vital work of the Snow Leopard Trust team …

… join the conservation family and together let’s all do some good … thank you!

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