Help end the poaching and killing of snow leopards.
As few as 3,500 snow leopards are thought to remain in the wild in twelve Central Asian countries. Snow leopards share remote mountain habitat with rural herder communities who rely on their livestock for survival. Herder families face annual livestock losses to snow leopard attacks that can reach as high as 12-13%, representing tremendous financial hardship that can provoke retaliatory killing and poaching.
Snow Leopard Trust is a livestock insurance program that began in 2002 in the remote village of Kibber, in the Indian Himalayas. In South Gobi, Mongolia, the Trust now is insuring over 13,000 small livestock (sheep and goats) belonging to 60 families from four villages, and in northern India, it insures 500 large livestock (horses) belonging to 200 families from eight villages.
GreaterGood.org partners with Snow Leopard Trust to support Livestock Insurance programs in India and Mongolia, helping herders manage animal-human conflicts that arise when snow leopards prey on domestic livestock. The program is popular with herders because it provides direct compensation for livestock lost to snow leopards. It is locally managed, and claims are investigated, processed, and tracked by community-elected committees. To join the program, herder communities agree not to retaliate against snow leopards who prey on livestock or poach the cats for financial gain.
You can help. Your gifts will help Snow Leopard Trust provide support to the insurance programs, and help families pay modest premiums. Just $10 insures a horse in India for one year. With your support, Snow Leopard Trust can help educate communities to keep the snow leopards safe.
The Snow Leopard Trust's mission is to conserve the majestic and rare snow leopard and its Central Asia mountain ecosystem through community-based conservation, rigorous science and education. With field offices in China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Pakistan, the Snow Leopard Trust's goal is to address and reduce the threats to the snow leopard that include persecution by rural people due to livestock depredation, habitat degradation and fragmentation, poaching for trade in pelts and bones, loss of wild prey, and lack of conservation awareness.
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In the remote Altai mountain range in Mongolia, nomadic herders have long lived alongside the region's legendary snow leopards, often forcing them to compete with these majestic cats for scarce resources. The Altai range is home to as many as a thousand snow leopards, making it the second-largest population in the world and one of the most important regions for conservation.
In 1997, Snow Leopard Enterprises (SLE) was established to help local herders increase their income while living harmoniously with the leopards. Through skills training and other support, SLE helps over 350 households formerly living in poverty increase their standard of living while protecting local ecosystems. Herders who formerly killed snow leopards to survive are taught to turn wool from their camels, yak, and sheep into valuable commodities such as yarn, hats, and rugs. In return, they do their part to help protect the big cats and their food sources.
In 2007, equipment and micro-credit loan programs were made available for SLE participants in Mongolia. Before the program was established, women used drop spindles to make yarn -- tedious and difficult work. SLE now provides them with spinning wheels, drum carders, felting needles, knitting needles, and training to improve quality and efficiency.
""As a single mother, I am so grateful for this program's usefulness and support. The women in my community all work together on this program, and being able to help other women in my community helps me in my own life,"" says Oyuntseren Oidov, SLE's local coordinator in Mongolia.
Women are able to generate more income, and SLE can keep a larger supply of goods on the market to meet the growing demand -- ensuring that public interest in the artisans' products stays high. As their income increases, the artisans are able to make a greater commitment to shared conservation goals.
As Snow Leopard Enterprises continues its track record of success in Mongolia, its vital conservation efforts grow stronger with the help of the international scientific community.