Frequently Asked Questions on Snow Leopard’s Red List Status

The Snow Leopard Trust has received a lot of questions from media, supporters and the interested public about the IUCN’s decision to change the snow leopard’s status on the Red List of Threatened Species from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers around this controversial decision.

The Man Who Used To Hate Snow Leopards

Amarsaikhan is a herder in the Tost Mountains of Mongolia. Everyone here calls him Amara. He has spent his entire life living alongside the elusive snow leopard – not seeing the cat very often, but feeling its presence much more frequently than he’d have cared for. Every year, snow leopards killed several of his horses and fawns—an expense he and his community could hardly withstand. Amara not only feared these cats – “to be honest, I think I hated them”, he says. On several occasions, he attempted to kill snow leopards that had come near his camp. Luckily, he never succeeded.

Michael Despines is the Snow Leopard Trust’s New Executive Director

Michael Despines is an accomplished nonprofit leader with extensive professional experience in international development. As an avid conservationist and passionate photographer, he has also been dedicating himself for many years to inspire others to respect and appreciate the natural world. Working with a wide range of international development and aid organizations, Michael has helped communities …

‘I Want to Bridge the Gap Between Conservation Science and Local People’

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.

Anti-Poaching Heroes Honored on World Wildlife Day

Press Release, March 3rd, 2016. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. A total of ten Kyrgyz wildlife rangers have received a Citizen Ranger Wildlife Award for their courage in the fight against illegal hunting in the country’s snow leopard habitat in 2015. They were publicly honored in a ceremony in Bishkek today, on World Wildlife Day.