Snow Leopard poaching and trafficking—referred to herein as Snow Leopard crime—is revisited 13 years after TRAFFIC's first report on the subject, Fading Footprints: The Killing and Trade of Snow Leopards. This report builds on a preliminary analysis published in May 2016. It addresses a major information gap concerning the linkage between retaliatory killing for livestock depredation and poaching for trade, and the scale at which both are taking place.
Asia's high mountains are the Earth's "Third Pole," an ice and snow-covered landscape that forms the headwaters of Asia's most economically and culturally important rivers. The Third Pole, home to the iconic and endangered snow leopard, is also highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. The WWF Conservation and Adaptation in Asia's High Mountain Landscapes and Communities Project is funded by USAID and aims to galvanize greater understanding and action at local, national, and regional levels to conserve the iconic snow leopard.
This study was undertaken to determine the population size, density, and distribution of snow leopards and their prey species in Bhutan's Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP). It is the first systematic assessment of snow leopard abundance and density in WCNP and provides baseline data that will inform future initiatives to conserve this endangered big cat.
Millions of people depend on water that springs from the high-mountain headwaters of Central Asia. Its towering peaks are home to the endangered snow leopard, ancient cultures, and landscapes that are being too quickly transformed by climate change. Glaciers are melting, snow cover and permafrost are disappearing, and water availability is changing—putting local and downstream communities and ecosystems at risk.
In October 2012, WWF began to address this through the USAID-funded Conservation and Adaptation in Asia's High Mountain Landscapes and Communities Project. The five-year effort promotes a transboundary approach to climate-smart management of high mountain landscapes and enhanced water security throughout the snow leopard range.
The second edition of a regular newsletter summarizing Asia High Mountains (AHM) activities across snow leopard range, as well as a regular column by our partners at the Snow Leopard Trust. Key features include a GSLEP workshop on climate-smart landscape management for nine snow leopard range countries, the first female snow leopard collaring in Nepal and updates on climate, water and livelihood activities across snow leopard range.
The first edition of a regular newsletter summarizing Asia High Mountains (AHM) activities across snow leopard range, as well as a regular column by our partners at the Snow Leopard Trust. Key features include a AHM at CoP 21, activation around Snow Leopard Day, and recent media coverage.
Snow leopards might be resilient to many of the direct impacts of climate change, but face increasing pressure as humans and livestock shift their activities to higher elevations. Explore this and other traits which make snow leopards vulnerable to climate change, as well as recommended climate-adaptive management strategies.