China is home to the largest number of endangered snow leopards in the world. This nation shares a border with 9 of the 12 other countries where snow leopards are found and contains over half of the world’s potential snow leopard habitat.
The Snow Leopard Trust began working in China in 2004. Currently we work in partnership with Panthera and Shan Shui Conservation Center, a Chinese NGO based in Beijing, to expand snow leopard conservation efforts in the Three Rivers area of China. This biologically diverse region is one of the most important habitats for endangered species such as wild yak, Tibetan wild ass, Tibetan antelope, and the snow leopard.
The Snow Leopard Trust supports the work of Shan Shui, our NGO Partner. In addition to partnering with Shan Shui on their snow leopard conservation efforts, the Snow Leopard Trust fully funds the postdoctoral research of Dr. Li Juan, the first woman to be awarded a PhD for snow leopard research, at Peking University.
Area of Snow Leopard Habitat
Snow Leopard Population:
- 2,000 – 5,000
Threats to Snow Leopards:
- Poaching for trade in hides or bones
- Reduction of natural prey (Poaching or habitat loss)
- Retribution killing for livestock loss
Landscape Focus Area: We chose one landscape area (approximately 4000 km2) in each country to focus our conservation and research efforts.
- Within the Qinghai Province