Powerful, captivating and incredibly vulnerable to threats like poaching, loss of prey and conflict with people. Help us protect this endangered big cat.
The threats to snow leopards
- Poaching, for their bones and precious fur
- Loss of their natural prey due to hunting
- Loss and damage of habitat due to overgrazing of domestic livestock
- Conflict with people
How you’re helping snow leopards
- Helping to train and equip anti-poaching patrols
- Promoting sustainable use of natural resources in the region
- Working with local communities to monitor snow leopard movement and reduce human/snow leopard conflict
- Supporting compensation schemes for local farmers who have lost livestock to snow leopards
- Establishing programmes to increase wild prey numbers
- Your support will also help fund our other essential work around the world
How your adoption can help snow leopards
- £60 (or £5 a month) could pay for 10 torches to help snow leopard monitoring and prevent attacks on livestock (snow leopards are mostly active at night)
- £120 (or £10 a month) could pay for the initial training for a community-based anti-poaching patrol
- £150 (or £12.50 a month) could help train Nepali law enforcement officers, helping them to reduce the illegal cross-border trade in snow leopard skin and bone
More about snow leopards
The elegant snow leopard is one of the world’s most elusive cats. Solitary creatures, they usually hunt at dawn and dusk. They’re successful predators, able to kill prey up to three times their own weight.
- Scientific name
- Panthera uncia
- Kangchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA), Nepal
- Steep terrain, broken by cliffs, rocky outcrops and ravines. They live at high altitudes, usually at elevations of 3,000—4,500 metres, although they occasionally go above 5,500 metres in the Himalayas.
- Wild population
- As few as 4,000 are thought to remain in the wild.
- Extinction risk
As top predators, snow leopards’ favoured prey are the mountain sheep and goats that share their habitat. These herbivores graze on the sparse alpine plants of the region. Without the snow leopard, there would be too many herbivores, which would overgraze and degrade habitat, leaving no food for other wildlife.
The snow leopard’s habitat also provides important resources for the many people who live there – from food and medicine to wood for shelter, heat and fuel. By helping to protect the snow leopard, we’re helping to conserve its environment for the benefit of people and nature.