Pakistani economist turned conservationist Shafqat Hussain launched Project Snow Leopard (PSL) in 1999 to survey and provide innovative solutions for the conservation of this rare cat. He has developed an innovative community-based livestock insurance scheme; villagers pay a small premium on their domesticated goats to ensure compensation for every goat killed by a snow leopard.
“The project enhances the villagers quality of life while giving the herders responsibility for saving snow leopards.
The scheme is also funded by revenue from an ecotourism agency founded by Hussain called the Full Moon Night Trekking Company.
Hercules, the snow leopard with Big Cat Rescue, here does a ‘chuffing’ or ‘prusten’ sound to communicate with a keeper. When I first played this my boy Australian terrier, Tenzing, pricked up his ears and ran around looking for the big cat on his territory (lucky he didn’t find it 🙂
Dr Tom McCarthy is the Director of Field Programs for the Snow Leopard Trust. In this video he talks about the decreasing numbers of snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan and the work the Trust is doing with local people to help the cats survive in this part of Asia.
Film maker Mitchell Kelly’s amazing footage of first ever filmed snow leopard mating in the wild. From the film “Silent roar – searching for the snow leopard”.
This is exciting – we can see an indepth examination of the snow leopard cubs at 6 weeks old at Woodland Zoo, Seattle USA. There’s a lot to do, weighing, measuring, checking, vaccinations etc. This is the most comprehensive video of a zoo examination I’ve ever seen. And the little guys are so calm and placid, just quietly staring at everyone with huge sad eyes :-).
Produced by Ryan Hawk.
Beyond the Myth. Nisar Malik, a Pakistani journalist was with the David Attenborough team when they got the first ever video of a snow leopard in the wild in 2004 for the Planet Earth – The Mountains episode. He wanted to do a full length documentary so along with cameraman Mark Smith, they spent 18 months following a mother and cub, gaining valuable insights into the day to day life of snow leopards.
Celebrating 25 years of snow leopard conservation. This video from the Snow Leopard Trust explains the community work the Trust has done, how they’ve achieved recognition in many communities that a snow leopard is worth more alive than dead. This video also has an interview with Helen Freeman, the founder of the Trust, showing how she’s made a huge difference, helping people who live with the snow leopard stop the killing.
Here’s a video of Tashi and Gobi from a zoo visitor recently.
The Melbourne Zoo snow leopard sponsors recently had a wonderful breakfast with Meo and her two new cubs. Over 80 very excited sponsors watched the three cats for about 2 hours as they ate, romped and played. It was a wonderful way to meet each other and some of the zoo staff who made these births happen. This is a video interview I did with Paul Clarke, the Development Manager of the Zoo Foundation where he talks about his own passion for snow leopards and how people can sponsor them at the Zoo.
Ten months – 30,000 images, that’s a lot of hard work. National Geographic photographer Steve Winter is picking up top honors for his images of the elusive snow leopard. This video shows how he successfully set camera traps in the remote mountains of the Indian Himalayas in Ladakh.
The snow leopard is one of natures most beautiful but very reclusive animals. The Snow Leopard Trust is leading the way to eduate people on this magnificent feline. Big Cat Rescue is proud to be a huge supporter of the trust. Watch and learn how you can help save the snow leopard.
This amazing footage of a snow leopard hunting in the wild is from the documentary “Silent Roar: Searching for the Snow Leopard.” The Snow Leopard Trust would like to thank filmmaker Hugh Miles, Mitchell Kelly and WNET for allowing us to make this footage available. Mitchell Kelly films the first ever film of a snow leopard hunt.
Stunning– the first ever film of a snow leopard mother and her one year old cub in the wild. A dramatic chase as she hunts her prey to feed the cub. Narrated by David Attenborough from the BBC Planet Earth series.
While climbing Stok Kangri Glacier in Ladakh, India in the late spring of 2004, Matthew Millan encountered two snow leopards killing a dzo (hybrid of a cow and a yak), an animal over five times their weight.