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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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".

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.

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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.

KellyMB

Donor

Rating: 5

The Snow Leopard Trust is the perfect example of a non-profit organization that not only raises money for wildlife conservation but also does an exemplary job of educating others of the importance of protecting snow leopards and their habitats and providing job opportunities for local communities via its Snow Leopard Enterprises program. Other non-profits should take note.

Donor

Rating: 5

Snow Leopard Trust is protecting one of the rarest, most vulnerable cats in some of the most wild and inaccessible lands. Bringing these cats into the limelight brings international focus on fragile ecosystems, marginalized economies and vanishing cultures. Their inclusive approach to conservation is the only way to make real change, especially when dealing with localized and difficult issues in varied and often adversarial governments.

Shari8

Donor

Rating: 5

Snow Leopard Trust's innovative programs and community conservation program are working to ensure the survival of this imperiled species while also benefiting local communities in the snow leopard's range. SLT''s handicraft-for-conservation is forward thinking and empowering, generating revenue to support both conservation programs and herder communities.

Nina11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Snow Leopard Trust for many years. Their commitment to education of the indigenous people in the snow leopards range is amazing and so helpful to saving the snow leopard. They use very little to support the organization's administration; almost all the money donated goes to programs to learn about these cats and to educate and inform everyone about how important they are to the world. With a serious human overpopulation, organizations like this are more and more important to human survival, even if most humans don't understand this.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been impressed at how this nonprofit uses education and science to help track and save snow leopards in their habitat. Teachings aimed at local people who have contact with these cats are bound to pay off. Further, very little of my donation goes to administrative costs; most goes directly to actions.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the Snow Leopard Trust for many years. I became interested in this organization because I love the big, majestic, threatened cats that it is working to save. I've continued my support not only because of the Trust's efforts to study and save snow leopards and their habitat but because of its great work with the people who live with them. The Snow Leopard Trust has several programs to help the inhabitants of regions where the cats live. It understands that human beings are an integral part of the snow leopard's territory, survival and future. Because the Trust combines these to approaches, scientific and humanitarian, it will have the support of both my heart and my checkbook for many years to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Snow Leopard Trust has been working diligently to save the snow leopard, a beautiful cat that is endangered in its native habitat of the Himalayas. Their educational efforts have helped to dispel some of the understandable animosity from local farmers and herders. They have managed to find, identify, and track individual snow leopards, leading to much better understanding of this wild cat's habits and needs. Their hard work has helped to bring the animal to the attention of governments in the region, which may lead to better conservation efforts. I found the Snow Leopard Trust in the federal government's CFC charitable giving catalogue for government workers, among thousands of other worthwhile charities. I've been very happy to be able to contribute to this worthwhile cause.

Lesley9

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a wildlife biologist that deals with endangered species in the US. The direction taken by the Snow Leopard Trust in making the local community a part of the conservation of this species is the real way to identify and exploit local solutions that enable the local population and the snow leopards to coexist. The outreach with locally produced products (yarns and other handicrafts) enables donors to spread the word via gifts to friends and family who are (from personal experience) charmed with the gifts. As with all predators, there is a conflict with herders, but this organization has done an incredible effort to bring the local communities into the process.

Donor

Rating: 5

A fantastic charity - really understands the need to influence and educate the local people so they understand about the value of the wildlife on their doorstep. International Snow Leopard Trust brings work and opportunity to the community to bring real benefits to the people as well as the wildlife

Donor

Rating: 5

Supporting the Snow Leopard Trust feels very meaningful to me. This organization has the competence and ambitions to provide a better future for endangered Snow Leopards. They do research, educate and inform the public. You can support in several ways, by giving a monthly donation and/or by buying locally manufactured products. The sale of these products helps the local communities survive in harmony with the cats. And you get your Christmas-shopping done in record time!

Donor

Rating: 5

Hi everyone,

I feel blessed to support the Snow Leopard Trust for its dedication to this wonderful cat is deeply linked with the discovery of new means to make people and cats live in perfect harmony. It can work, i have no doubt about it!
Kinds regards,

Carine Cheval,
France

Laurel7

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the only charity that I am aware of that works to protect snow leopards. Their two-prong approach of habitat conservation and education seems to working to protect these endangered big cats.
The one and only time I have had to contact the Snow Leopard Trust about my monthly donation, the issue was resolved quickly and accurately and in a courteous manner. This is a great charity that uses funds wisely.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a big fan of big cats and I was looking for a charity that could help me support the cause. The Snow Leopard Trust offers educational opportunities to the people living in Snow Leopard territory - this is something important because it teaches the people to live in harmony with the Snow Leopards. I love the online gift store and that the products are made by the people living with the Snow Leopards, and the money supports both them and the Snow Leopard Trust. A great charity!!

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.

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.