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International Snow Leopard Trust

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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

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every non-human animal on this planet holds an important place. Somehow the cause of the Snow Leopard particularly resonates and the International Snow Leopard Trust runs grass roots, on the ground campaigns that raise awareness and save lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Snow leopard Trust is a highly professional, trustworthy organisation and aims to protect Snow leopards in partnership with communities that share its habitat. The Snow leopard trust also conducts field research and communicates gained knowledge to relevant partners around the globe.
The Snow leopard Trust is definitely worth to be supported!

Donor

Rating: 5

Every life form has a function that—in its own, unique way—is critical to the sustainability of the ecosystem of which it is a part. While I was working in Nepal in the 1966, a helicopter crashed and killed two people.
A helicopter, like an ecosystem, has a great variety of pieces with a wide range of sizes, shapes, and functions. The particular problem here was with the engine, which is held together by many nuts and bolts. Each has a small sideways hole drilled through it so that a tiny “safety wire” can be inserted, with the ends twisted together, to prevent the tremendous vibration created by a running engine from loosening and working a nut off its bolt. The helicopter crashed because a mechanic forgot to replace one tiny safety wire that kept the lateral control assembly together. A nut vibrated off its bolt, the helicopter lost its stability, and the pilot lost control. All this was caused by one missing piece that altered the entire functional dynamics of the aircraft, which in this case is analogous to the mountainous ecosystem wherein the snow leopard lives. The engine had been “simplified” by one piece—a small length of wire.
At that precise moment, which piece—albeit hidden—was the most important part of the helicopter? The point is that each part (compositional diversity) has a corresponding relationship with every other part (structural diversity), and collectively they provide functional sustainability only by working together within the limits of the systemic whole.
In the mountainous ecosystem wherein the snow leopard lives, which species is the most important—possibly the tiny safety wire—with respect to human desires? Is it the marmot that feeds the snow leopard, the domestic cow that feeds the human, the snow leopard that feeds the lammergeyer, the human who kills the snow leopard (to protect a cow or gain a pelt), or the person who works to save the snow leopard from extinction? Should the snow leopard become extinct, how would that alter the ecosystem’s functional sustainability?
Respectfully, Chris Maser, coauthor with Cameron La Follette, of: “Sustainability and the Rights of Nature: An Introduction. 2017. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 418 pp.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been supporting Snow Leopard Trust for a few years now, and for a good reason. This organization does important work on grassroots level, not only protecting the snow leopard and its habitat but also cooperating with the local people in snow leopard range countries, making it profitable for them to protect these wild, elusive cats. Snow Leopard Trust offers many ways to help - you can donate, adopt a snow leopard (or even a whole snow leopard family), purchase handmade items from their webshop, create a fundraiser via the SLT Facebook page, share their articles on social media... There are so many options! Also, when they are asking for donations, they will tell you in detail how much is needed and what the money will be used for. No need to wonder if the donations will really reach the target. I have faith in Snow Leopard Trust and will definitely continue supporting their work to protect snow leopards!

John L.7

Donor

Rating: 5

The Snow leopard Trust approaches the work of saving snow leopards from extinction in an efficient, creative and holistic manner. They are great communicators who are sensitive to the needs of the people living in snow leopard habitat as well as those who work with and support them. They are a truly outstanding partner and conservation organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I really like the fact that they are working with the people in the snow leopard habitats to help them coexist. If the people who live there are dedicated to the snow leopard’s survival and we can help support them everyone wins. The fact that they have captured a snow leopard that was threatening their livestock instead of killing it proves this works.
The email updates are in depth and lead you further and further into the research.
The items I have bought from them are high quality and well worth the price, not to mention the added value of helping to fund their research and programs. A great organization overall.

Keith

Donor

Rating: 5

we are happy to partecipate to this very amazing programme

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always really interesting feedback and the wonderful personable communication is always second to none!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Collaborating with Snow Leopard Trust to connect their amazing in situ work (wild conservation) with the ex situ community of Species360 (zoos and sanctuaries captive breeding and education) has been a very inspiring opportunity. We look forward to a brighter future for Snow Leopards thanks to the work they do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every animal in this world are placed in this world for a reason we. Need to balance this world they are part off it .All animals need repect.

Donor

Rating: 5

The International Snow Leopard Trust is one of the most effective and rewarding nonprofits I have ever worked with. Their communication is great, as is the recognition that we receive. They are extremely efficient with fund utilization, and we feel as though the research and work are truly important, productive, and inclusive. We feel true ownership in the projects in which we invest and are very proud of the work they/we are doing.

Caroline N.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the Snow Leopard Trust for more than a decade and it is my top charity. They provide informative updates about their work and approach conservation in a sensible, collaborative way. I know that my donations are going to support the long term conservation of this iconic species.

Donor

Rating: 5

Been a monthly donor for the past few years. They have a great focus on long term solutions for saving these amazing animals. Also appreciate the regular reporting on progress made.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Snow Leopard Trust since 2000. They are a great organization that accomplishes more conservation than almost anyone I know. I donate to this organization and volunteer my time. I can't speak highly enough about the amazing staff and programs of the Trust.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've purchased hand-made items from this organization and they are great! I love that my cat at home is helping big cats in the wild, and my purchase supports the community work SLT is doing in areas where snow leopards live. Keep up the great work!

Donor

Rating: 5

As a charitable organization that makes donations to dozens of NGOs a year, Snow Leopard Trust stands out for their wonderful work and feedback! We have received personal updates about how our donations have made an impact which is so helpful to share with our members! Thank you, Snow Leopard Trust!

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been working with the International Snow Leopard Trust for several years, partnering to help grassroots organisations working on snow leopards in Mongolia and other countries. The support they provide to the scientists and conservationists on the ground is hugely important.

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra, Australia has been supporting the SLT trust for many years. The SLT is professional but friendly and personal to it's members. The stories of success are inspirational leaving hope for our wild species. Supporting the communities is fantastic and perhaps the basis of every successful conservation effort. Well done SLT! I hope you can one day support other conservation groups around the world to become as successful.

Donor

Rating: 5

SLT is doing such great work in bringing much needed attention to this beautiful and endangered cat. Our knowledge of these solitary, yet ecologically important animals has been immensely increased due to their dedicated efforts. I recommend a perusal of their fine website to check in on the progress.

Mary Jo N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Their work is wonderful for the animals and people in the region