INTERNATIONAL SNOW LEOPARD TRUST

Rating: 4.89 stars   62 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: 4649 Sunnyside Ave N #325 Seattle WA 98103 USA

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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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2014

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I have had a life long love and enamoration of the Snow Leopard. When I saw one at the Siegfried and Roy show in Las Vegas, I literally cried. I want to commend the Snow Leopard Trust on all of their work to help observe AND preserve this most mystical and magical animal. It is only through education we can learn how to help them continue on in their natural and man made habitats and allowing us the privilege of enjoying them from afar. Thank you and may you have many more years helping my favorite of the big cats.

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Get them more money and more help!!

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love Snow Leopard Trust for the great job they do trying to preserve these majestic creatures. They frequently keep us up to date with important information about the feline status in addition to posting interesting and entertaining stories about these magnificent felines.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The International Snow Leopard Trust is an amazing organization. They are dedicated to the preservation of snow leopards and spreading awareness world wide.

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Snow Leopard Trust is a hard working organization dedicated to the preservation of Snow Leopards. They work closely with the people in local communities in the areas of the world where wild Snow Leopard's exist to not only educate but to gain a close relationship with the people who in turn make handmade items of interest to be sold to the public in order to earn the funds needed to try and keep Snow Leopards safe. They inform the public about the need to conserve and protect the last remaining Snow Leopard's in the wild.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's outstanding what this organization has done and continues to do to preserve and protect our wildlife. I am sometimes overwhelmed at the stupidity of man keeping these beautiful big cats as trophies then when they tire of them for whatever reason they leave them in horrendous conditions. We shouldn't need organizations like this but we do and I for when am honored to do my bit letting people know how we can protect and support our beautiful wildlife through these fantastic sanctuaries. I applaud all that volunteer/help/support and love these magnificent animals. THANK YOU ALL.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Snow Leopard Trust is an exemplary organization that impacts my life positively ever day by simply showing up in my Facebook feed or email inbox. The informative, photographically stunning posts by this committed team of professionals and enthusiasts alike truly brighten my day while providing a seemingly endless array of interesting educational and motivational information that offer me the opportunity to help provide the funds so desperately needed to protect these sacred and endangered creatures, and assist them to continue to thrive in their dwindling natural habitats. If not for this group, myself and undoubtedly many others, would not have such an exciting menu of options to promote and provide conservation aid and education. Thank you, Snow Leopard Trust!

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Join myself!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I fully support the aims of Snow Leopard Trust and look forward to their informative posts and lovely pictures. They have brought the fate of these lovely cats to,the forefront of attention.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have several animal sites on Facebook. Snow Leopard trust is the one i look forward to reading the most. The stories and the pictures are amazing. Never unsafe to show to children or animal lovers. And it keeps me up to date on my favorite animal.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I am a massive respecter of felines and I love the posts on Facebook about the Snow Leopards. These animals are so majestic, they make me cry. The Snow Leopard Trust posts have encouraged me to write a story about a Snow Leopard family in the Himalayas.

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