Growing up in Mongolia’s Gobi desert, Tserennadmid (Nadia) Mijiddorj knew from a young age that she wanted to become a snow leopard conservationist. She’s made her dream come true, earning a Masters in biology and joining the Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation – the Mongolia partner of the Snow Leopard Trust – as a Conservation and Education Manager over a decade ago. Now, thanks to her second Sidney Byers Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation through the WCN Scholarship Program, this homegrown conservationist is ready to take the next step in her career.
“Since you started working here, we’ve lost more livestock than ever. There are too many snow leopards. We don’t need livestock vaccination, we just need you and the cats to go away!”
Newly published study on snow leopard population in Mongolia reveals stable numbers – and a puzzling shift in the cats’ gender ratio.
With the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum only days away, a group of Kyrgyz and international journalists attending the forum had the chance to travel to the remote Sarychat-Ertash State Nature Reserve, the country’s key snow leopard habitat. Snow Leopard Trust communications officer Matt Fiechter joined the tour.