Community-based Conservation

Many of the families sharing snow leopard habitat are herders who live on less than $2 per day. Members of these low-income communities, who can ill afford to lose animals to predators such as the snow leopard, sometimes resort to retaliation killings or poaching of snow leopards to protect their herds of livestock or earn extra money.

The Snow Leopard Trust takes a community-based conservation approach that breaks this cycle of poverty and creates an incentive for herders to protect local wildlife.