Snow Leopard Cubs are the Cutest!
It’s a sad fact that snow leopard numbers are dwindling and it’s humans who are to blame. You only have to look at how amazingly beautiful the adults are to know why their cubs are equally gorgeous.
We need to do all we can to ensure that these magnificent animals are here for our children and future generations to cherish. Supporting charities is the best way that we can do that. Even the smallest donations can help if enough people club together.
Which Charities Help the Snow Leopards?
There are general animal charities that support a wide range of animals in distress. However, if you wish to specifically support the snow leopard population then it’s best to look out for the more specialised among them.
The WWF – World Wildlife Fund – have an ongoing campaign to help snow leopards. You may have seen the adverts on the Internet or even on local television? You can even adopt a snow leopard, if you have children it’s an especially good idea and one that will no doubt pique their interest in these amazing creatures.
Snow Leopards are Elegant and Elusive
Even with camera traps and patience, snow leopards are hard to track for the most experienced of trackers. In some ways that is a good thing, because that makes them harder to hunt. However, as their limited numbers testify, it hasn’t stopped people from decimating their population all in the name of fake medicine and fashion for furs.
Education is the best answer to ignorance, though, so please do your bit to help spread the word and eventually their numbers will hopefully increase enough to be considered stable. Living in a mountain environment where food is scarce and their ranges are often vast, it can be hard to find a mate even without snow leopard poachers to worry about.
Every Day at Least One Snow Leopard is Killed
It’s a sad fact that according to the Snow Leopard Trust at least one snow leopard is killed by poachers or hunters every day. They work with governments in 5 key countries that contain 75% of the world’s snow leopard population.
As well as their charity work they do conservation research and have a number of initiatives such as:
- Partners Principles – where the trust works with the local communities, they have a set of 8 broad principles that they’ve worked out over 20 years experience. They negotiate with the people in order to help one another and most importantly to help the cats.
- Snow Leopard Enterprises – this is a handicrafts brand where locals can make leopard-themed toys and gifts to sell on for profit. This is a classic example of how protecting animals rather than killing them can help everyone involved.
- Livestock Insurance – even the loss of one farm animal can be devastating to a family who rely on the food or milk for their own survival. Insuring the livestock is a great way to ease the suffering both physically and mentally.
- Livestock Vaccination – families that live in snow leopard habitat can often lose up to five times more livestock to disease than predation, hence the old adage that prevention is better than cure comes to mind.
- Predator Prevention – in order to foster a more accepting approach towards wildlife, knowledge sharing of how to build predator-proof corrals and safe-herding techniques is vital and cost effective.
- Combating Poaching – the Snow Leopard Trust is working with governments in Asia, such as Kyrgyz to better train and recognise law-enforcement officials, plus protected area rangers in prime snow leopard habitat.
- Conservation Education – to strengthen community-based conservation efforts and inspire the next generation of nature conservationists, in the areas where the Snow Leopard Trust works they run environmental education programs for children and adults, including outdoor eco-camps and Nature Clubs.
Check out our Stunning Snow Leopard Gallery
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