Hi, my name’s Sibylle Noras and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve been supporting snow leopard conservation for years and worked on an Earthwatch Snow Leopard conservation project high in the Himalayas of Ladakh, India. I spent about three weeks tracking a snow leopard. Sadly I never saw him/her, I’m sure she saw me. The closest I came was to find snow leopard scat (poo) – that was an exciting day!
Since my student days ( a long time ago) I’ve trekked in the Himalayas in Nepal, India and Tibet. I’m now working with some snow leopard conservation communities to help save this animal as well as support the people in its natural habitat.
Snow leopards live in one of the most extreme places and climates on earth, it is a beautiful testament to the resilience of animals. Let’s all help to give them a future in the wild.
Contact – if you have a snow leopard story or photo to share please send me an email snowleopardblog(at)gmail.com
Here’s my companion animals at home – no, not snow leopards, but very friendly and loyal Australian terriers.
ICIMOD – The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal. ICIMOD is a knowledge and learning centre funded by many different aid agencies from around the world.
My work with ICIMOD
I was lucky enough to work with ICIMOD a few years ago on knowledge sharing and collaboration projects serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. I met a wonderful group of dedicated people from many countries around the world, all passionate about the Himalayas. A big hearted Polish-Canadia, Zbigniew, ran the program and it was a fun time.
The Himalayas are an increasingly fragile ecosystem due to globalisation and climate change. Wild animals and the human population are impacted by this and ICIMOD helps mountain people to understand these changes and challenges, giving them tools to adapt. In the work ICIMOD do to protect the biodiversity of the Himalayas they’re also helping the snow leopard to survive.