International Snow Leopard Trust

Rating: 4.89 stars   62 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Environment


4649 Sunnyside Ave N #325 Seattle WA 98103 USA


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


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.

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Reviews for International Snow Leopard Trust

Rating: 5 stars  

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

International Snow Leopard Trust is serving a vital function in their effort to protect and aid the endangered Snow Leopard population.
They have taken a multifaceted approach by aiding and educating the native peoples who share the Snow Leopard habitat, while at the same time reaching out to donors and supporters.
They are a well run and awesome organization, and I continue to donate whenever I am able.
Thank you to everyone who is working to save these beautiful and important wild cats.

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