Tibetan Monks Help Protect Snow Leopards

Mongabay reports that Panthera is partnering with Buddhist monasteries to help safeguard the snow leopard.

The work undertaken by the monks includes counting blue sheep (a snow leopard prey), recording the wildlife encountered, recording the plant phenology, helping collect faeces, and changing the batteries and cards of camera traps.

The monastery-based snow leopard conservation could be extended to other Tibetan Buddhist regions, covering about 80 percent of global snow leopard range.

The main threats to snow leopards are retribution killing for depredation on livestock, loss of natural prey, and poaching for hides and bones.

Snow leopard. Photo by: Panthera.

Snow leopard. Photo by: Panthera.

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