WWF-India's work for Snow Leopard

Given the paucity of information on the occurrence and distribution of the snow leopard, WWF-India initiated surveys in 2008 to collect baseline information on the occurrence, distribution and conservation status of the snow leopard and associated species in the western Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir (2009-11), Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh (2012-13).
Based on the findings of the surveys, WWF-India selected the regions of Kargil in the Ladakh district of Jammu & Kashmir, North Sikkim and Western Arunachal Pradesh as focus areas for snow leopard conservation.

In collaboration with the Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu and Kashmir, WWF-India is undertaking the following work for snow leopard conservation in the Ladakh district of the state:

  • Predator proof livestock pens: Supporting construction of predator proof livestock pens to reduce depredation by snow leopards with additional support from Rufford Small Grant.
  • Awareness programmes: Organizing snow leopard conservation awareness programmes for local communities to reduce retaliatory killing and hunting of the snow leopard and natural prey species.
  • Monitoring the existing snow leopard population: Using camera traps and DNA analysis to monitor movements and changes in the snow leopard population.
In addition, work is on in collaboration with the forest departments of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh to ascertain the population of the snow leopard and its prey base in the two states.

Training of the frontline staff of the Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu and Kashmir in the latest wildlife survey techniques and wildlife law and enforcement methods to combat poaching will also be undertaken.
© Aishwarya Maheshwari/WWF-India
The Snow Leopard photographed from Kargil District, India during WWF-India's survey in Jun 2009
© Aishwarya Maheshwari/WWF-India


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