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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

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a thank you gift to our wedding guests, my wife and I 'adopted' snow leopards from the Snow Leopard Trust in the name of each of our wedding guest/couples. We felt that rather than gift our guest with another cute trinket or a potentially forgettable treat, we could use the opportunity to make a difference in the world by giving a lasting gift to our friends and family, and spread the word of the amazing work the SLT does. Our guests received personalized thank you packets from the trust including an informative breakdown of what exactly the Snow Leopard Trust does, as well as a super cute snow leopard plushy. Our plushy lives in our living room and it reminds us of our special day whenever we look at it. The staff at the Snow Leopard Trust were absolutely wonderful to work with in setting up our gifts, and they continue to send us personalized notes every year to thank us. They really do appreciate their donors. And I should note that our gifts (my wife's idea) was certainly a hit with our guests :).

Review from #MyGivingStory

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.

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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

2 Rebecca114

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have worked with members of the Snow Leopard Trust. Great team of absolutely dedicated folks.

What's best is they promote conservation that are backed by sound research and continue to engage actively with local people who share their space with snow leopards--the most important 'focus group' that ought to be included in any effort that intends to protect the beautiful species and the fascinating landscapes they inhabit.

Great work! Good luck.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

shelbygwade

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted a leopard for my friend as a birthday gift (*purr*fect price range, btw). When I was presented with the option get a plush with my adoption or "maximize my donation, do not send plush" I was won over. Everything they do goes directly to the community and the animals.

Also the cat toys (which are handmade by the locals! wow! so neat!) are a hit with every cat I've presented them to :).

All of my orders have come with a handwritten thank you and even once a bonus tree ornament [which has also become a cat toy in my house].

If you want to know your money is going to a great cause and get really amazing thoughtful items and gifts this is the way to go.

1 Robyn20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Snow Leopard Trust is a great organization dedicated to snow leopard conservation! We have worked with them to hold local fundraisers many times and they are always so helpful and accommodating. Most importantly they are a model conservation organization that sets a perfect example of how to work with local communities while conserving snow leopards in the wild and educating people about the plight of snow leopards.

2 Judy116

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

The Snow Leopard Trust is an amazing organization that works to save snow leopards in the wild. They work with the local communities to establish conservation programs to help save the snow leopards as well as the people who share the land with these beautiful animals. They have education programs to teach the people, young and old, about conservation and living together in harmony with snow leopards. The Snow Leopard Trust also sells products hand made by local people so that can support themselves and their families. I have purchased numerous products over the years and will continue to support this great nonprofit organization. Check out their website to learn more about snow leopards and see some of the awesome camera trap photos that they have of snow leopards out in the wild.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported the Snow Leopard Trust for a couple of years - as soon as I first learned about this wonderful organization. They not only provide important research about the snow leopards in the wild, but also work with the local people to educate them and develop conservation programs to help save the snow leopards. I have adopted snow leopards through the program and purchased handcrafted items made by the local people. This past year, I received a Snow Leopard Trap Camera adoption for Christmas and it is absolutely amazing to see the images recorded by the camera. I had a couple of questions about the images and received a quick response. This is a wonderful charity to support.

1 Elys C.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a wonderful and perfect organization that helps raise the money for the animals in need. They don't keep it for themselves they use everything for helping snow leopards.