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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

155 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Anette I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’m so impressed by the International Snow Leopard Trust. I wish more people knew about it.

Varpu M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting Snow Leopard Trust for several years now for several reasons. This organization works tirelessly for the well-being and survival of wild snow leopards, co-operating closely with the local people in the snow leopard range countries. Snow Leopard Trust also spreads awareness on social media (I first learned about them on Facebook) by sharing interesting articles and video clips about snow leopards, and has also hosted many online events, inviting people to join in, get involved, ask questions, learn about snow leopards and why they are so important to the mountain ecosystem, and to help preserve them. Snow Leopard Trust encourages people into action - everyone can do something, be it donating, sharing information on social media, volunteering, or symbolically adopting a snow leopard, for instance. I will certainly continue supporting Snow Leopard Trust also in the future. The snow leopards are more than worth it!

Angie Dave D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the close knit and down to earth SLT crew who care deeply about snow leopards and the environment. SLT builds bridges with and learns from communities that live within the Snow Leopard habitat. Being a former elementary teacher, I have a soft spot for their kids’ links, educational activities and resources that teach about our intricately marvelous web of life and how we can be a positive force for conservation.

Donald M.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awsome work with the locals to preserve the snow leopards survival

Cody M.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered SNT through the conservation work that was featured in documentaries I viewed online. All of their efforts take place in the central Asian regions where snow leopards are indigenous. They set the model standard for snow leopard conservation. The single greatest threat to these big cats are human animal conflicts. SNT established an innovative solution to the animosity Sheppard's harbor towards snow leopards for occasionally poaching from their flock. A trust fund. SNT works with people, if they don't retaliate and kill the big cat, SLT will compensate them for their losses.

There are videos online where snow leopards have killed livestock but the farmers have not retaliated. Instead they contacted SLT who dispatched people to trap the cats, compensate the farmers and move the cats to a more appropriate location.

This is an organization that has the resources to work with governments in the developing world to protect snow leopards from extinction in the wild.

I donate and attend webinars as well as wear my merchandise with pride. #savethesnows

Amba D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported this charity for years. They do wonderful education work with local communities to build strong and lasting relationships to sustain these rare creatures in their native environment. I always received beautiful photos and information about the populations they are helping, and I ordered some beautiful handmade products made by local people. I always feel happy and uplifted by supporting such a wonderful organization.

tracyjcahill

Donor

Rating: 5

I‘ve been an advocate of snow leopards since 2011, when my family and I first befriended Darhan and Ateri, the Memphis Zoo’s beautiful, playful breeding pair. I learned of the Snow Leopard Trust’s conservation efforts a few years later at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. The people with whom I spoke were knowledgeable and passionate, and I became an ardent supporter of their cause, happy to donate to fund research, education, and conservation. I love seeing the encouraging footage from camera traps, and I’m always excited to read about new cubs! The Snow Leopard Trust’s successful incentivization of herders and engagement of community activists is inspiring and is resulting in improved conditions for both snow leopards and the people with whom they share their territory.

Gloria O.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I support environmental organizations which emphasize collaboration and the wellbeing of people. Snow Leopard Trust exemplifies this ethic by working with the people who live in the Snow Leopards habitat. It’s a win for people and animals!

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization provides a great environmental benefit for a threatened species, and does so in a low-overhead operation that makes the most of donated funds. Their operations also benefit the indigenous residents of the areas of Asia that constitute the snow leopard's habitat. A pleasure to deal with, and I am proud to support them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of working with and observing the founders and team from the Snow Leopard Trust for over six years as a volunteer at the WCN (Wildlife Conservation Network) bi-annual symposiums. It is very clear that they are dedicated, passionate and highly ethical conservationists. Protecting the future of the Snow Leopard is an arduous task given their remote and harsh habitat, and yet they persevere. Their efforts towards working together with the local inhabitants that share the same terrain as the Snow Leopards are especially admirable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have lived in Nepal and am interested in Himalayan animals. The Snow Leopard trust caught my eye because they work with communities to understand their needs and because they contribute to our scientific understanding of Snow Leopard numbers and behaviors.

Brett S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Snow leopard trust is a great organization that communicates well, organizes great events (when those are allowed) and is very appreciative of their donors. The mission is narrow but, to our family, very important. They do a lot of good work focusing on local scientists and businsses in Asia where the snow leopards are, and promote the work of women. I feel good about my money going to Snow Leopard Trust.

mnkittycat

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful, well-run organization! It's a pleasure to support their efforts to help snow leopards.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beautiful work, well-managed. As a long-time donor for SLT, We have been nothing but impressed with their mission and accomplishments.

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Donor

Rating: 5

These smaller non-profits and charities need our help more than ever, so I recommend looking into finding specific causes you care about instead of the big name brand ones!

I love the transparency of Snow Leopard Trust & that they keep me updated. I also like that it's a specific cause, so you know where the $$ is going. They're also remarkably thoughtful and have sent me handwritten thank you notes, a cute little patch, and you can tell they don't take their donors for granted. Please consider donating! They are really great people, and snow leopards need our help

Donor

Rating: 5

Their conservation work is fantastic, particularly because of the way in which they involve local communities. The Snow Leopard Trust has done a great job in keeping us updated on their projects, and also in sharing knowledge about the snow leopards (much appreciated since I joined because I am interested in snow leopards!!). They do have a personal touch...

Donor

Rating: 5

Snow Leopard Trust does an incredible job promoting conservation and working with local communities. I love reading in each newsletter about all the success stories that they have in snow leopard habitats and communities. It seems like a relatively small organization (compared to things like NWF and Audubon), but the impact they make is huge! Well done SLT!

Meredith P.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for all of the work they put in to engage the public in protecting Snow Leopards.

Donor

Rating: 5

I applaud the hard work International Snow Leopard Trust is doing to support the leopards, their environment and the people sharing their ranges. I am a monthly supporter. They educate and employ locals, pay locals for their livestock that are taken by the leopards, empower local women to make money with crafts as well as do leopard research and conservation. I am proud to support International Snow Leopard Trust.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are monthly donors. We believe in the work ISLT is doing to help leopards. We are especially impressed with the insurance program that helps families that lose livestock to leopards. Now the families receive money for loss due to predation instead of killing the leopards. Using smart, creative ways to save leopards and fragile economies.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Snow Leopard Trust monthly donors group for at least two years. I really like the newsletters they put out on line with the photos and stories about the cats and the local people who live in the areas and their work to protect the cats and their environment. I have bought a few items from the online store and have been happy with them. The calendars are great.

Lorelei W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to these wonderful people for a few years. I love getting the newsletters that update me on what's being done to help the snow leopards. I haven't ordered any products yet but they're all so cute and look amazing.

Diane G.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the good fortune to meet some of the people behind this organization and was so impressed with their passion and dedication.
Since becoming a supporter, I've come to appreciate the knowledge, expertise and stories behind their work to preserve this iconic species. Further, I believe the approach they are taking of integrating the local populations into the efforts of preserving their snow leopards is the most innovative and successful method of conservation. And, in addition, I so very much enjoy the opportunity to contribute further by purchasing handcrafted items made by these local people, knowing my dollars are contributing to sustain these people while protecting this endangered species.
Overall, this is a brilliant model of conservation that is durable and sustainable, creating a win-win all around.

Kata Lee S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very beautiful items: I got several of the embroidered napkins & one of the rugs, 2 calendars & a cute little patch I put on my purse. Even more beautiful than in the pictures. I am very satisfied & can't wait to get some more stuff from them soon.

Donor

Rating: 5

Snow Leopards: Magnificent animals striving to survive in a very difficult and inhospitable environment. As a supporter of the Snow Leopard Trust, I can confirm that the Trust is doing an excellent job in speaking up for and protecting Snow Leopards. The SLT deserves all the credit in the world for its work to save Snow Leopards and preserve their habitat.

Jim Davis

Donor

Rating: 5

The snow leopard trust keeps donors up to date with incredible stories images of the animals they are working to protect. Their work is incredibly important and impactful for these elusive animals and their communication is great.

Donor

Rating: 5

They truly care for these cats, and those who provide their support either through money or volunteer time. I’ve written a few emails to them, and always get a personal reply back (not a ‘form letter’. The work they are doing to save this endangered species is so special, and has proven to be quite effective. I am confident that my dollars are going towards saving these stunning creatures, and not in lining people’s pockets.

Donor

Rating: 5

In a time of massive environmental change and threat, this charity/trust works diligently and WITH GREAT SUCCESS to ensure that Snow Leopards remain on our planet.

Donor

Rating: 5

Im just happy to working with a Non profit that deals specifically with Snow Leopards. They dont get enough press.

Donor

Rating: 5

This movement is to protect a precious and rare community of beautiful beings. They deserve our help.

Koren T.

Donor

Rating: 5

SLT is a wonderful organization! I donate to many environmental, social and animal welfare groups and SLT is my favorite because they are so great about communication. I know all legitimate not-for-profits appreciate their contributors. SLT obviously cares about us! I also love the fact that they work so closely with the communities where they work, and share that experience. They are a top-rate!

Meredith V M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I try to donate as much as possible to organizations that support animals and the environment. Only a few are on my monthly list. One of them is Snow Leopard Trust. Not only are they tirelessly doing amazing things for the leopards but also helping people in the regions they interact with value them. I appreciate the time and care SLT devotes to keeping us members apprised of the activities and accomplishments. The stories are heartwarming. This organization makes me feel hopeful about the future of a species on this planet.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been aware of and have supported the International Snow Leopard Trust for a few years now. Their compassion, professionalism and ability to work with the people who live in the areas where snow leopards live has been truly amazing. I support several causes and feel that other non-profits could learn a lot from this Trust in how they operate, their transparency and their commitment to protecting and saving snow leopards.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Doing something VERY IMPORTANT for such a beautiful, threatened species! I have been associated with this Trust for several years and they are professional and caring.

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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.

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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

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Donor

Rating: 5

We started offering trade items in our gift shop 10 years ago with good success. Recently we created a button that we give to people who donate one dollar to the ISLT which we match with one dollar from us. This year we had many requests for a refrigerator magnet instead and we are planning to offer one next year for a $2.50 donation which would more than double our annual contribution to ISLT. People are most impressed when we tell them how many countries the Snow Leopards live in and how we connect with the people that live side by side with Snow Leopard in the wild.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great initiatives to save big cats !
Great support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are doing a great job protecting Snow leopards in innovative ways. As simple as using trail cameras to help document poachers to enlisting native families into protectors of "their" local leopards rather than hunting them. Also, creating an 'insurance' fund system that allows families who have lost herd animals to leopard predation to monetary compensation to allow them to continue supporting their families. A great fund! Happy to support them.

Diana18

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the Snow Leopard Trust for several years and I only have two regrets - that I can't donate more money and that I can't join them in their work in Asia. I love all animals but especially big cats. And the snow leopards are magical. The Snow Leopard Trust is working to track the leopards, to allow us to learn more about them in order to help protect them. And they are doing amazing work helping to set up plans with local people to protect both the leopards and the villagers' livelihood. This is critical work and their methods can be blueprints for work with other wildlife. This is the type of work that will help us save our planet. Nothing is more important.

Donor

Rating: 5

Innovative, financially efficient and offers great communication to donors. Takes a holistic approach that involves local communities. Snow Leopard Trust is a model for other wildlife charities to follow.

jbardzel

Donor

Rating: 5

Snow Leopard Trust is amazing, for several reasons. One is their actual conservation work in the field, which demonstrably has achieved significant results, in preserving snow leopards, economically supporting local farmers, and in helping to change laws in over a dozen countries. Another is that a very high percentage of their funds goes to the charity work itself, as any of the independent charity rating agencies make clear. They are also conscientious about educating people like me--both about their charitable activities and about snow leopards in general. Finally, on a few occasions I've had to interact directly with them and I found them fast, responsive, professional, and friendly. I highly recommend this charity!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great charity that is really making a difference--not only for the cats but for the local people affected by the cats.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Snow Leopard is almost impossible to photograph and film, - therefore - to "pitch"
as worthy of public concern and dedication. The Snow Leopard Trust does not have
the benefit of daily television documentation of mankind's abuse , neglect and indifference to creatures we share this planet with -- yet they labor -- under-funded, under-staffed, for a "distant" (to even the residents of central Asian mountains) rare,
basically benign -- " Magnificence " -- the Snow Leopard.

My experience with the Trust has been extremely benign and not at all "distant" -- even though I am not able to contribute more than a small monthly sum. I am in awe of their wise and arduous dedication to the well-being of the wondrous creature and for the -- more "evident"-- struggles of the humans in the leopard's territory. This is not an organization with needless personnel, nor an element of "popular trend", -- these are dedicated "foot-soldiers", gentle warriors, -- ( and we never have a surplus of same -- and we neglect them at our own peril).

Thank you for any beneficial recognition of their work on our planet.
Juliane Jarrett









Gordon M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always admired and respected these majestic illusive cats. So when I heard about the Trust I joined right away.
I have adopted a snow leopard and I donate monthly to the cause. The trust keeps me updated with newsletter via post and email informing me on it's progress. If it wasn't for the trust these endangered animals would be closer to extinction and that would be disasterous .
So if you love Snow Leopards like I do help keep these big cats alive.

Luc L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our institution (Zoo d'Asson France) has been supporting The fantastic work of the Snow Leopard Trust for 10 years.
This fantastic species needs field research and local populations'commitment in order to be saved from extinction, and ISLT does this job marvellously.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never, regrettably, seen a snow leopard in the wild. But I have spent a lot of my vacation time over the years in the high mountains of Asia where they live. These mountains are a tough environment for humans to occupy and make a living, so I completely understand the catastrophe to them of snow leopards taking their animals. So I am a real fan of the Snow Leopard Trust's solution - a combination of insurance for stock taken plus financial aid to the local people through setting them up with micro businesses. A few years ago I was able to meet one of their team visiting the UK and was impressed with the dedication and hours of work put in.

The Trust's web site is kept up to date, clear and informative. And attractive! It's an example to any charity in the modern world

Donor

Rating: 4

Conservation in some of the harshest and difficult of terrains and some of the poorest parts of Central Asia and South Asia, utilising science, technology, local/national experts and community development to protect the world's elusive Snowleopards. Good communication with donors, not so large that it loses touch with those who support it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love cats. I am passionate about endangered cats, Snow Leopards are one of the most endangered. The Snow Leopard Trust focuses on saving these big cats by engaging the communities they surround and touch, making a place for both to survive. No easy task, but they do it with compassion for both humans and cats and are successful in creating an environment where both can live and thrive together. I support their mission and believe in its success- I know that they will succeed in allowing future generations the chance to know this amazing feline.