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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: Founded in 1981 in Seattle, WA, the Trust is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the snow leopard and its mountain ecosystem through a balanced approach that addresses the needs of the local people and the environment.

Snow leopards range over two million square kilometers of mountain in Central Asia, including the formidable Himalayas. Experts currently estimate as few as 3,500 exist in the wild, fewer than the world''s tiger population. As an "umbrella" or keystone species, snow leopard conservation has far-reaching importance as it leads to the protection of hundreds of other plants and animals sharing the cat''s ecosystem. The International Snow Leopard Trust is the oldest and largest organization focused solely on saving this important species. The Trust works nationally and internationally to raise awareness about endangered species, and to empower people living within snow leopard range to become stewards of their environment. To this end, the Trust conducts educational outreach, scientific research, and community-based conservation.

Target demographics: protect these endangered cats and their natural habitat

Direct beneficiaries per year: Our partner communities in China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Pakistan - and the snow leopard of course!

Geographic areas served: five snow leopard range countries

Programs: Snow Leopard Enterprises, which provides herders with the financial assistance, logistical support, equipment, and training they need to turn raw wool into high-quality, felted products such as rugs and clothing. The Trust purchases these products directly from the herders and sells them worldwide to increase awareness about snow leopard conservation. Herders agree to help the Trust protect snow leopards, their prey, and the habitat they all share. The Trust also helps communities establish livestock insurance programs, where herders can pay a premium to insure their goats and sheep against predation by snow leopards, bears, and wolves - making the financial impact of losing animals much easier to bear, and leading to increased tolerance towards these predators. Through its Ecosystem Health project, the Trust also helps establish livestock vaccination programs in snow leopard habitat; lowering livestock mortality rates and helping herders further secure their livelihood.

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kitty11

Advisor

Rating: 4

Here at KittyKit we love the Snow Leopard, we are thinking of ways moving forward how we can raise money for these Amazing animals. More to follow soon!!! www.kittykit.co.uk

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a film maker, I have produced many films for non-profits. You get to know the inner workings of an organization when working on their brand. When I was asked to do a film years ago for the Snow Leopard Trust, I was very impressed with the mission, vision and accomplishment of the organization. The Snow Leopard Trust does an amazing job of working with communities to help them be part of the solution in snow leopard range countries to the many threats to these cats. They really do make a difference. The staff are passionate and caring about the cats and the people.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

If the snow leopards are to be saved in their native habitats, it will be because of the steady, resolute, science-based, humanitarian-focused work of The Snow Leopard Trust. Dollars go a long way in snow leopard countries, and the Trust does a terrific job of leveraging its resources using local conservationists with local knowledge to design and implement effective cat-saving programs. The Trust's international staff are rock stars in the world of wildlife conservation.

1 Lorena4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through their wonderful programs, such as helping the people in these areas understand the importance of saving these animals, and that in actually doing so, impacts their livelihood in a positive way with insurance programs for the livestock lost, etc. this organization far exceeds others in the vision of conservation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Trust is an excellent combination of dedicated focus and smart decision making. Over the years, they have grown steadily in impact and reach through intelligent, clear-eyed long term investment of financial and social capital, with everything pointing back to the ultimate goal: healthy, sustainable population of snow leopards and their environment.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Snow leopard trust is doing truly essential work helping preserve this rarest and most beautiful of the great cats. It sponsors never before projects. involvement of local villagers in protection, making snow leopard supporting handicrafts, camera traps across the cats' range capturing never before seen images of this most elusive feline!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful, wonderful organization.

Brings attention to the plight of the snow leopards whilst working with native people to support their habitat and bring money into their community whilst supporting these beautiful creatures.

Four Paws up!

I love seeing their wonderful pictures everyday on Facebook. Congrats!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organisation.I personally love snow leopards and this organisation puts them one everyone's priority.They are beautiful creatures and should be saved.

1 Cheryl110

Donor

Rating: 5

This marvelous organization deserves all the help fools have to offer. I freely admit to being a"cat lady" and thru this org. I can take it to a whole new level. Their untiring efforts and "big cat" thinking create endless ways for them to :? I'mhelp these beautiful creatures not just exist but thrive. Their partnership with the people who live in the leopards native area is truly genius. I'm proud to support this group and love bragging on "my Kitties".

2 David250

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These guys of a fantastic job for wonderful animals.
I love the fact they provide regular updates and that they aren't pushy.
Too job, keep up the great work
DG