National Geographic Explorer of the Week: Tshewang Wangchuk

Congratulations to Snow Leopard Network member Tshewang Wangchuk for being featured by National Geographic!

National Geographic – Explorer Tshewang Wangchuk possesses an unusual collection of three hundred scat samples from elusive snow leopards in Bhutan. He gathered these samples with a grant from National Geographic in 2009 to examine the snow leopard population status and its relation to livestock predation using non-invasive tactics. More recently, Wangchuk just returned from the field this summer where he was part of a team that collared four takins, Bhutan’s rather odd-looking national animal. In addition to this work with the animals of Bhutan, Wangchuk—in his role as executive director of the Bhutan Foundation—strives to serve the people of Bhutan by sharing their culture with others. If all this wasn’t enough to keep him occupied, Wangchuk also is completing his doctoral degree in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana.

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