Snow Leopard Conservation


The mysterious snow leopard is known as the ghost of the Asian mountains. Their thick silver-grey coat makes them the perfect predator for snow-capped mountainous environments.

Snow leopards are found in 12 countries in central Asia with scientists placing population estimates as low as 3,920 – 6,390[1] remaining in the wild today. Snow leopards are extremely difficult to study due to their elusive nature and the remoteness of their natural range.

Snow leopards are considered to be an apex predator and are capable of taking down prey three times their size. Despite this, snow leopards are the least likely of all the big cats to attack humans.

A snow leopard’s sole predator is man. Humans often kill snow leopards in retaliation for killing their livestock.

These elusive cats are also threatened by habitat fragmentation as human populations grow and expand into their wild territories. The change in land use to sustain mining concessions and resource extraction industries also pose an acute threat to the species alongside climate change.

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Scientists believe that snow leopard populations are as low as between 3,920 – 6,390 snow leopards remain in the wild.

Photograph of a snow leopard in rocky terrain by James Kydd

Image Credit: James Kydd

snow leopard jumping

Image Credit: Surya Ramachandran

Protecting Snow Leopards

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) has been a proud supporter of the snow leopard for many years, partnering with ground-based conservation experts in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan.

By funding holistic conservation initiatives, DSWF are working alongside communities, governments and conservation experts in Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia to provide snow leopards with the most robust form of protection to ensure they have a secure future.

We work to protect existing snow leopard habitats by ensuring key areas are protected without threats from human and industrial encroachment.  Without the room they need to hunt and survive, populations don’t stand a chance of recovering.

We also support our ground-based conservation partners to undertake a rigorous scientific study to further develop vital scientific data about snow leopards.

Find out more about how DSWF is working to protect snow leopards.

“Climate change and industrial land use pose two of the biggest threats to the snow dependant ‘ghosts of the mountains’ and, if left unchecked, could have serious implications for the survival of this elusive big cat.”

Georgina Lamb, Chief Executive at David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

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