Steve Winter talks about winning snow leopard photo

December 18, 2008
Steve Winter's photograph of a wild snow leopard wins 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

Steve Winter's photograph of a wild snow leopard wins 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

As you saw in a previous post Steve won the 2008 BBC Wildlife Photo of the year with his beautiful snow leopard in the snow shot. Here are a few words from Steve about how he got this spectacular picture. Go to this blog.


New conservation area for snow leopards in Bhutan

December 17, 2008
Bhutanese kids

Bhutanese kids. Photo by Sibylle.

Today the Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley inaugurated the second largest protected area in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Called Wangchuck Centenary Park (WCP) it is named after the ruling monarchy whose conservation vision made it possible. Covering about 3,736 km sq of the north-central region of the country this new park connects small fragmented pieces of previous parks.

When I was travelling in Bhutan last year I saw some of these beautiful areas but noticed that the villagers were struggling to build sustainable livelihoods. That’s now also been addressed with the new park expected to support local communities through community tourism and home-stays for tourist accommodation.

The park area is host to endangered mammals such as snow leopards and Himalayan black bear which now range across large linked areas of their habitat, areas that are big enough to support prey species needed by snow leopards to survice.

Bhutan currently has an active snow leopard conservation project that is confirming population numbers and range for the animal as well as collecting DNA samples for analysis. See some photographs.


Snow Leopard Network

December 9, 2008
Snow Leopard Network logo

Snow Leopard Network logo

The Snow Leopard Network is a worldwide organization dedicated to facilitating the exchange of information between individuals around the world for the purpose of snow leopard conservation. Membership includes leading snow leopard experts in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

The main goal of this organization is to implement the Snow Leopard Survival Strategy (SLSS), which offers a comprehensive analysis of the issues facing snow leopard conservation today.

The SLN also maintains a Snow Leopard Bibliography which provides  members with access to scholarly articles on snow leopards and related conservation issues.


Another snow leopard photo wins award

December 9, 2008

Stephen Oachs photo of a snow leopard in Montana private reserve

Stephen Oachs photo of a snow leopard in Montana private reserve

It’s definitely the year for snow leopard photos. This photograph entitled “Endangered Beauty”, by acclaimed Fine Art Photographer Stephen W. Oachs, has won the National Geographic Viewer’s Choice Award for 2008. A beautiful photo, with the animal staring straight at us, he has captured the grace and strength of the endangered snow leopard. The black and white photo accentuates the cold landscape and the way the snow leopard merges into it.

Photographer Stephen W. Oachs’ winning photograph is of a snow leopard weaving through the snow on a private reserve in Montana, USA .