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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

155 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported the International Snow Leopard Trust for a number of years now. Their dedication to the Snow Leopard's has kept me coming back year after year to support them. Every little bit helps to provide local support and education, and ultimately the long-term survival of the species. Please consider them a part of your charitable gift giving.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anything that anybody can do to help save these gorgeous creatures automatically earns a moral and ethical star in one's crown. They do an excellent job educating people about snow leopards, their habitat and the humans and other creatures who live with them in the Himalayas. They deserve all the help they can get.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter for years. They provide good communication to donors about their projects and successes. They work on the ground with local communities to enhance the lives of snow leopards and the lives of the people living with them. The scientific study they do is well thought out and extremely useful - not only for snow leopards but also for the other wildlife that live in their area.

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent conservation non-profit that is making a strong positive contibution to both the conservation of snow leopards and the lives of the people living in their range.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I discovered the Snow Leopard Trust 1 year ago after visiting our local zoo and seeing the snow leopard there. I am very impressed by the work SLT is doing. They are working on ALL sides of the issue, taking into account the lives of the villagers who live near snow leopards as well as the cats themselves.

I became a monthly donor to SLT because I truly believe that we must put our money where our heart is - and we must work TOGETHER to save not only the snow leopards, but all of our great cats. I also really appreciate the fact that SLT does not send me a bunch of junk mail and "horror" stories - their monthly emails are upbeat, factual and interesting.

Camryn L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a wildlife biologist who specializes in rare carnivores. I am very impressed by the work conducted by the Snow Leopard Trust. Their biologists work under very difficult conditions, in extremely remote areas, under harsh weather conditions, and yet they use state-of-the-art methods and exhibit not only dedication, but also perserverence to gain evidence of snow leopards to determine how many there are and where they are, so they can be protected from harm and studied.

I know from my own experience how exceptionally difficult it is to work under extreme conditions. It takes passion and conviction for the cause of saving a rare, endangered species that has made extraordinary physiological adaptations to the harsh environment. they inhabit We are blessed that there is a team of dedicated individuals who are ensuring this species will not go extinct. We should all be grateful to everyone who works to save this magnificent creature. The world would be a much better place if everyone was committed to such a worthy cause, saving our natural heritage from humans and habitat destruction.
Thank you for your hard work!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a mere school teacher. The importance to teach children and show them actual footage of an endangered species is vital.

To see people coming together for a great cause in a wonderful place with mountains and just the snow leopards is worth the visit.

What an amazing creature my favorite of course. I feel by looking at the site that I am there.

Kathleen P. Gomez
Chicago Public School Teacher- Orozco Magnet School

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I like that I am not constantly bombarded with mail asking for making, or getting phone calls. The newsletter is factual without being alarmist. I bought the slide set years ago and made some rounds with them doing talks. Snows are my favorite big cat and I think ISLT has made a difference. They offer some nice items and also the adoptions. My cats like the mice although they destroy them in short order.
Since research is in a hostile environment, it makes sense to ask for money to help the researchers and research out. Education is key and they help with that.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Snow Leopard Trust and the Snow Leopard Conservancy are lean, efficient organizations that have been working to protect snow leopards in the wild since 1991. They are currently making great strides by focusing on protection and conservation rather than continuing to gather data that already exists.
The local people who live in and around the snow leopard range countries are completely involved in many ways and are supported by the snow leopard organizations.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization operates with absolute integrity and uses their resources completely for the good of the leopards. They are doing it because of their dedication and passion and their stewardship of our donations is fantastic.

1 Nika Noelle van der Leek

Donor

Rating: 5

I am amazed by the progress this charity has made the last couple of years, and I am very touched by the all the volunteers that put a lot of time and effort in this trust. They are loving and motivating people who don't know the definition of quitting. If it wasn't for them poachers would have killed the last leopards and we would only be able to enjoy those beautiful beings on old recordings and photo's. All in all I wish for the people that read this review to realize that every second put in volunteering, donating or even reviewing this trust isn't wasted, and that with the right attitude great progress can be made in a short period of time.

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Jen_4

Donor

Rating: 5

I am amazed at how they use 100 percent of their funds for actual on the ground work as well as awareness campaigns that actually reach the people needed. They do raise awarness of the plight of the snow leopard to people who do not live in the range nations, but most of that is through social networking as well as e-mail and other internet methods. I am happy to say that, even with their e-mail newsletters and other e-mails, I am not bombarded every week by some e-mail or postal letter asking me to donate. They keep communications balanced so that one is not wondering if they are actually doing something, but at the same time they do not barrage people with money pleas and the like. As I mentioned, they actually focus on educating people about the plight of the snow leopard. What's unique is that they use programs, such as the handicraft program, that helps the people become self-sufficient but also helps show them that the endangered animal is really a needed ally for people. It's balanced with science, which is needed when conserving an animal on which we still do not have good information.

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Karen58

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity, with only a small core of wonderful people, has grown and developed some of the most effective, imaginative programs for securing the future of one of our planet's most endangered species, while concurrently finding a way to improve the lives of hundreds of the planet's poorest and most endangered people. It is not often that you can support a charity and find your investment doing double the work! But such is the case with The Snow Leopard Trust. Spend a few moments and look over their work on their website, and I think you will be very impressed. Not only does the charity consistently receive the highest rating from Charity Navigator (alone impressive), but its hardworking staff are constantly finding new ways to reach out and grow, even in these toughest of economic times. A most worthy cause and a most worthy charitable donation. GIVE!!!

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Chris E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are fewer than 7,000 snow leopards left in this world. Were it not for the Snow Leopard Trust, the fate of these animals would be even more perilous than it is now.

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Jess5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have 'sponsored' the Snow Leopard Trust for a few years now and have seen progress in their work which is due in large part to the donations/memberships/sponsors that they have. The products which are made for sale are good quality and fun. This is one of the only organizations which I continue to support even when money is tight because I know they do what they say they are doing, and I think it is truly important work - not just for the leopards, but for the whole of the world where the leopards reside, the people, the land, and all of us to boot!

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Joanna U.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family has been very pleased with our experiences with the Snow Leopard Trust. We have purchased merchandise and symbolic adoptions of snow leopards. Despite living in Japan, our orders arrived very quickly and in great condition. The handmade artisan products were exactly as pictured and described. Furthermore, my kids were so excited when we watched the BBC segment on the Snow Leopard Trust and we saw the local women making the very same products that we purchased. I really like the fact that the Snow Leopard Trust not only researches the beautiful cats, but they also help and educate the locals living in Snow Leopard territory.

Review from CharityNavigator

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Snow Leopard Trust is a wonderful organization! I have been financially supporting them for years, and see the progress they are making not only via "Snow Leopard Tracks" mailings, but through the internet as well. They are doing a fantastic job keeping the snow leopard population where they should be, in the wild!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the Snow Leopard Trust. They are effectively working to save endangered snow leopards. They work well with other organizations with similar goals instead of making things about them. They really care about the people and communities who share territory with snow leopards and are working to improve education, offer microloans and education to start new industries and they sell crafts made by the people in the program. They are making life better for snow leopards and people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this charity for the past few years and they've done wonders with the funds by using them in the most efficient manner possible. They have regular updates about the snow leopards that are being tracked and I wish I had more money to donate to such a wonderful organization!

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RobbieDelux

Donor

Rating: 5

My company was looking for the worlds best Snow Leopard research and conservation programs when we found the Snow Leopard Trust. They were a perfect fit! The Snow Leopard Trust's conservation programs are designed to help people in Snow Leopard areas increase their household income and raise their standard of living. As part of these program, families agree to help protect the Snow Leopard and the unique habitat they share. The Snow Leopard Trust offers many other excellent programs also, such as their Grazing Free Reserves in India.

A quote from the Snow Leopard Trust:

"We are helping four communities in India set aside land that is free from grazing by domestic livestock and other forms of resource use. This enables the recovery of snow leopards and their prey. The largest and oldest reserve, in the Kibber community, has been extremely successful and highlights the good that can come from these reserves: today, the Kibber reserve is home to the largest population of blue sheep in the region (nearly 350), and 3-4 snow leopards have been observed using the reserve.

$100 = manages a wildlife reserve for snow leopards for one month

Your money goes far: the Snow Leopard Trust has Charity Navigator's highest rating for organizational efficiency. "

I could not be happier with The Snow Leopard Trust and all their conservation efforts. Their wonderful researchers and staff are also a pleasure to work with!

Thank you Snow Leopard Trust for all your hard work :)

Best regards,

Robbie Delux
CEO & Founder of Endangered Wildlife Bros
www.EWBNOW.org

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've attended a talk presented about the research they are conducting, and since then kept up on it through their blog. It's incredibly inspiring. I shop in their online store and send them regular donations. I think they are doing amazing work!