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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

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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.

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!

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.

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









General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love snow leopards and the Snow Leopard Trust does a great job of saving the cats and helping the local people make a living.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My eldest nephew is married to a very lovely Mongolian woman and I have been lucky enough to visit Mongolia on several occasions - as a ‘family’ member rather than a tourist. On one of my visits, I became aware of the on-going conflict between herders and Snow Leopards and subsequently, my nephew sent me information about the Snow Leopard Trust. I was very impressed at the way they were helping herders with plans and strategies, to find ways to co-exist with the Snow Leopards rather than killing them. Through patience and constructive guidance they have created a win-win situation. I joined the group to be able to participate, and donate, albeit in a small way, whenever I can.

Cheryl P.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Snow Leopard Trust is working to save one of the most beautiful world cats and at the same time helping the local people that must interact with her. To my surprise I have been contacted personally by the current director. I feel like I am a part of the plan. When the Trust asks for money they show you what your contribution is going toward, which is incredibly exciting. I am so proud that I helped to setup a new wildlife camera trap. I asked that there be a trip for Snow Leopard lovers and the next thing I knew there actually was one. I know I did not initiate this, but one does feel cared for and appreciated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I initially checked out their rating with Charity Navigator, which was a 5 star, and it has lived up to my expectations. I get updates on the field work, stories, videos, and spectacular photos. I'm so happy with this charity, I have it on a monthly pay schedule. I love snow leopard and the Snow Leopard Trust honors these gorgeous big cats.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A worthy and much needed organisation to protect the snow leopard.

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

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Christina86

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.