WWF-UK

LAND OF THE SNOW LEOPARDS

The endangered snow leopard is only found in the high mountains of central Asia, where it has lived for thousands of years. But now the future of these stunning creatures hangs in the balance due to poaching and pressures from unsustainable development. We urgently need your support.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 5:00 PM, 31 December 2011

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1081247)

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Amount raised

£1,322

Donations

26

    Category

  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • “...in the not-seeing, I am content... That the snow leopard is, that it is there, that its frosty eyes watch us from the mountain - that is enough.”

    — Peter Matthiessen, 'The Snow Leopard', 1978

Situation

Snow leopard numbers are in decline. Tragically in Nepal, we believe there could now be as few as 300 snow leopards fighting for their survival. Not only are they being hunted for their precious fur and bones which are used in fashion and traditional medicines; their wild prey is also in decline, competing for grazing land with growing numbers of livestock. Snow leopards are forced to prey on this livestock and are being killed by farmers who are desperate to protect their livelihoods.

Solution

We are creating connected areas across the eastern Himalayas that are big enough to enable animals like the snow leopard to feed, breed and roam freely, and we are tackling poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife parts. We are also working with local people to help them live alongside wild species, and giving them advice on protecting their natural resources and improving their daily lives.