The snow leopard’s elusive nature, combined with the tough conditions of difficult terrain and extreme temperatures, makes it very difficult to study. Biologists suggest that over 90% of the almost 1,00,00 km2 of snow leopard range in India is unexplored!
WWF-India has been studying this mysterious cat with the help of radio collars, wild prey surveys and special motion-sensitive cameras called camera traps.
WWF has also been working with communities to minimize the number of retaliatory killings by villagers affected by snow leopard attacks by undertaking the building and installing of snow leopard-proof livestock pens – no snow leopard attacks, no retaliatory killing!
Other successful initiatives include livestock insurance schemes, climate change adaptation methods and community-supported grazing-free reserves, among others.
With funds raised from individual contributions since 2013 we have been able to install Camera Traps at 30 locations so far and it has already started giving results. Snow Leopards have been photographed for the first time in North Sikkim! This data along with prey surveys and community interviews is helping WWF-India understand Snow Leopards, their prey, habitat and the various threats they face.Donate to support our work on snow leopard conservation
In order to protect the livestock / livelihood of communities and to reduce retaliatory killing of the Snow Leopard, WWF-India has installed 13 Predator Proof Corral Pens positively impacting families living in 13 villages in Ladakh. This is what one community member had to say after seeing the pugmarks of Snow Leopard on top of the installed corral pen.
“Today my family’s livelihood has been saved just because of this corral by WWF”
- Mr. Tsewang Narboo a resident of Matho Village (Ladakh)
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