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Snow Leopard Conservation: Tales From the Top of the World

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Snow Leopard Conservation: Tales From the Top of the World

  1. 1. Tales from the Top of the World Rodney Jackson Snow Leopard Conservancy
  2. 2. Tales from the Top of the World Introduction by Dr. Don Moore Smithsonian’s National Zoo
  3. 3. Partnering with local people to advance community based stewardship of snow leopards Tales from the Top of the World Rodney Jackson Snow Leopard Conservancy
  4. 4. First Photograph of a Wild Snow Leopard Pakistan, 1972 George B. Schaller
  5. 6. Snow leopards Adaptations for high mountain life <ul><li>Long tail for balance </li></ul><ul><li>Large, padded forepaws & strong chest </li></ul><ul><li>Luxuriant fur </li></ul><ul><li>Enlarged nasal passage & high red blood cell count </li></ul>
  6. 7. What is the Current Status of Snow Leopards? <ul><li>Shy, elusive, rarely sighted </li></ul><ul><li>Only 3,500-7,000(?) left in wild </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered across its 12 range countries range </li></ul>
  7. 9. Sacred Hermitage, Lapche, Nepal
  8. 10. Ger in Tost Uul, South Gobi
  9. 11. Bactrian Camels Gansu Province, China Great Gobi National Park, Mongolia
  10. 12. Winter – best time for studying snow leopards
  11. 13. National Parks & Other Protected Areas Critical Habitat for Snow Leopards Mt Amadablam (with Mt. Everest in background) Sagarmatha NP, Nepal Skyu-Kaya in Hemis NP, Ladakh (India)
  12. 14. Primary Threats -- poaching for profit or retribution West Nepal 1976
  13. 15. Photo: NGS
  14. 16. Widespread poaching of wildlife
  15. 17. Snow Leopards Need Good Natural Prey Base
  16. 18. Worst Case Scenario Multiple livestock losses from poorly constructed pens
  17. 19. SLC’s Conservation Strategy <ul><li>Change local perception of snow leopard as a pest </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Foster community-based stewardship of snow leopards, prey & habitat at the landscape level </li></ul>
  18. 21. <ul><li>DISCOVER </li></ul><ul><li>DREAM </li></ul><ul><li>DESIGN </li></ul><ul><li>DELIVER </li></ul>The 4 “D’s” Community planning from the bottom up What you seek is what you will find What you believe in -- and act on – will matter most
  19. 22. Typical Planning Exercise : Ranking of Mortality Sources (Participants don’t need to know how to read or write)
  20. 23. Simple Tools to Visualize the Future Contrasting communities - harmony or conflict? poster shows different scenarios & stimulates debate Livestock husbandry poster commissioned in the style of traditional Buddhist monastery art
  21. 24. Eliminate catastrophic livestock losses by predator-proofing night-time corrals Photo Steve Winter NGS Each community corral project protects 5+ snow leopards from poisoning or other retributive killing Direct Cost: $800 - $2,000
  22. 25. Participatory Planning Achieves Better Results Poorly-designed & unused corral at base of cliff -- result of top-down planning <ul><li>Values indigenous knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Involve all in planning </li></ul><ul><li>Foster community pride, resilience & self-sufficiency </li></ul>
  23. 26. Pamir Mountains,Tajikistan Qomolangma Nature Preserve, Tibet
  24. 27. Profitable & Environmentally Friendly Parachute Cafés Help Save Snow Leopards Solar-cooker for safe drinking water….saving scarce fuelwood
  25. 28. Himalayan Homestays Experience Traditional Life in a Himalayan Village Rumbak Village Hemis National Park, Ladakh www.himalayan-homestays.com
  26. 29. How villagers use extra income from Homestays <ul><li>Send children to school in Leh </li></ul><ul><li>Re-invest in homestays & parachute cafes (furniture, solar showers, more items for sale) </li></ul><ul><li>Plant trees & fodder to reduce grazing in wildlife areas </li></ul><ul><li>Village clean-up campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Village Conservation Fund (contribute 10-15% of revenues) </li></ul>
  27. 31. Before, snow leopards were a despised predator But now, thanks to SLC … Snow leopards & other wildlife are like a necklace around our mountains . Comment by villager to Rinchen Wangchuk, SLC India Director
  28. 32. Photo: Som Ale
  29. 34. Kids’ reader “My Grandmother Says” now in five languages (including Tibetan Braille)
  30. 35. Meeting with His Holiness, the 14 th Dalai Lama National Geographic Forum of Conservationists 2006 Photo: NGS
  31. 36. Merging the world of facts & figures with the spirit world
  32. 37. Petroglyphs throughout Siberia’s Altai-Sayan Ecoregion record messages from ancestors
  33. 38. Russia’s Gorno-Altay Republic & Southern Siberia
  34. 39. The Soyot Spiritual Protector Monument at Sacred Waterfall
  35. 40. Welcoming Ceremony Soyot Community Eastern Sayan Mountains, Siberia
  36. 41. Norbu Buddhist Lama & Soyot Sharman
  37. 42. Kosh Agash School Play May 2010 Snow Leopard Festival Altai Mountains
  38. 43. Argut River Nature Park
  39. 44. Snow leopards in Tuva - Alexander Kuksin Camera Trap Training, Gorno-Altai, August 2010
  40. 45. <ul><li>Snow Leopard Video loading…. </li></ul>Hemis National Park, India - 2004
  41. 46. The Story of Togoldor in Mongolia’s Baga Bogd Mountain
  42. 50. Togoldor’s Travels … video loading…
  43. 53. Non-invasive Genetic Surveys
  44. 54. Scat Survey Sites in Mongolia Gurvansaikhan National Park – 17 snow leopards detected (10 ♂ 7 ♀ along 66.9 km of transects) 867 scats collected to date Russia China
  45. 55. Remote camera photos taken by villagers in Northern Pakistan
  46. 56. Camera-trap Self Portraits
  47. 57. 1 (behind Mom) 2 3
  48. 58. National Geographic Magazine - June 2008
  49. 59. PBS Nature Series (2006) - Silent Roar
  50. 60. Special Thanks to: American Himalayan Foundation Australian Himalayan Foundation CGMK Foundation Calgary Zoological Society Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund National Geographic Society Omidyar Foundation S eaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund San Francisco Zoological Society Shared Earth Foundation The Christensen Fund Wild Cat Education & Conservation Fund Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) And supporters like you… Visit www.snowleopardconservancy.org

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