SLN Summer Exchange 2023; it’s happening!

We are delighted to announce that the Snow Leopard Network’s Summer Exchange will take place this summer, starting next month. We are excited to share with you the incredible lineup of scientists and conservationists who will be joining us to discuss practical and innovative approaches to safeguarding snow leopards and mountain ecosystems.

This free resource is designed to provide practitioners who are passionate about snow leopard conservation with the opportunity to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the field. We are deeply grateful to our snow leopard community for coming together to make this possible. Without the contributions and support of our members, we would not be able to provide this valuable resource to practitioners around the world.

SLN’s Summer Exchange will showcase a diverse lineup of experts from 8 different organizations. Topics include SMART tools, QGIS, upgraded camera trap data management, occupancy and spatial capture-recapture methods, training workshops, data management, and nature education.

Please register on the link before June 2nd and join us for this free resource. It is open to SLN and non SLN members. Stay tuned for more updates and details!




Snow Leopard Reports 1st Issue: Call for News


Dear SLN members,

Snow Leopard Reports is preparing the journal’s First Issue! This is a call for any News pieces to be considered for the First issue of Snow Leopard Reports (coming out March/April 2023). Please consider sharing any relevant updates or news related to the scope of the journalSnow Leopard Reports (previously unpublished information, up to 200 words following the guidelines listed here). 

News pieces should be submitted by emailing us directly. Please use the following News Template provided herePlease note that if Snow Leopard Reports receives more submissions than can be published, the journal Editors will make a selection. Please submit all News pieces before the deadline of March 7th 2023.

Please also consider submitting any Research or Conservation Notes for publication all year round. For more information about this and Snow Leopard Reports, please visit our website:  

Many thanks and looking forward to your updates,

SLN Annual Report 2022


We are happy to share our Annual Report for 2022 with you and would like to direct you to the opening address from our Steering Committee Chair – Dr. Sandro Lovari, (see page 3). 20year  of snow leopard practitioners & scientists coming together around challenges of mountain ecosystem conservation. This remains a very unique & thriving community; that we are proud to be a part of!

Link to our report:

Snow leopards & Tajikistan

Mountains cover more than 90% of Tajikistan. The country’s mountain regions are home to the snow leopard, Marco Polo sheep, Tajik markhor, urial sheep and Asiatic ibex. Tajikistan is developing a climate-smart National Action Plan for the conservation of the snow leopard (Panthera uncia) and its ecosystems in Tajikistan for 2023-2025 supported by UNEPs Vanishing Treasures programme in Tajikistan. Join Ismoil Kholmatov from the Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan (ANCOT) who will share updates of this ongoing effort. 

Snow leopards & Nepal

Nepal has a long history in snow leopard conservation. Rinzin Phunjok Lama from the Third Pole Conservancy will share updates of the teams ongoing snow leopard population survey in Humla, west Nepal. He will share how community conservation provides the foundation for their monitoring efforts. Rinzin and his colleagues are actively working in partnership with local stakeholders to tackle threats to snow leopards including direct killings, forest fires, illegal logging through a number of livelihood programs (including gathering honey, making traditional clothes, and running ecotourism businesses). Their work includes large scale monitoring of snow leopards and other wildlife. Join us as Rinzin shares the opportunities and challenges of achieving this multi-pronged approach.

Snow leopards & China

Qilianshan National Park, extends along the magnificent Qilian Mountains in north-eastern corner of the Tibetan Plateau. The mountains of 52,000 provide home and future refuges for snow leopard and many other wildlife. When the national park was established in 2016, an ambitious plan was announced to assess snow leopard populations across the entire mountain range. Since 2014, Dr. Yanlin Liu has been working with different teams on the snow leopard assessment in Qilian Mountains. Yanlin is currently the Science Director of the Chinese Felid Conservation Alliance and previously served as director of the snow leopard project for the ShanShui Conservation Center and a Post-Doc in the Chinese Academy of Forest. During this session he will share some of the opportunities and challenges his team is facing. He would love to hear form other SLN members and discuss large scale monitoring strategies.

Snow leopards & Kyrgyzstan

In 2021, Panthera kick-started a project with a focus in building conservation capacity and partnerships with communities in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Since June 2021, the project was co-led by two female conservationists, Sabin Snow Leopard grantee Fatima Mannapbekova and CEPF project lead Altynai Adabaeva. Together with the Ilbirs Foundation, they’ve made introductory visits to communities in the Osh Oblast of Kyrgyzstan to establish relationships with local stakeholders and communities. Later, they led a team of surveyors to conduct the preliminary survey work via household interviews. Over 23 days, 639 interviews were conducted in 37 villages. During this SLN session, Altynai and Fatima will share the results of their work, challenges faced, and lessons learned while working in a rarely studied snow leopard habitat.

SLN Зимний Обмен опытом

Добро пожаловать на Зимнюю встречу обмена опытом Сети Cнежного барса (Snow Leopard Network, SLN). Цель зимней программы обмена опытом SLN – собрать вместе исследователей и специалистов-практиков по сохранению снежного барса со всего мира и поделиться последними достижениями в области программ и исследований по сохранению снежного барса. Наши эксперты поделятся последними новостями из разных регионов Высокой Азии: мы будем путешествовать и встречаться с командами, работающими в Таджикистане, Непале, Китае, России и Кыргызстане. За каждым обзором и вдохновляющим выступлением последует период обсуждения, в ходе которого мы глубже изучим идеи, опираясь на опыт и знания группы. Все сессии будут проводиться с синхронным переводом на английском и русском языке.

Наша Ресурсная команда (Resource Team)  – это индивидуальные и организационные члены Сети Снежного Барса, которые используют свои обширные знания и опыт. Мы очень признательны нашей команде консультантов за то, что нашли время, чтобы присоединиться к нам в это стремление, и мы с нетерпением ждем, когда члены сети воспользуются этой уникальной возможностью. Пожалуйста, передайте информацию всем заинтересованным лицам, поскольку эти занятия БЕСПЛАТНЫ и открыты для всех. Мы благодарим Глобальную программу по сохранению снежного барса и его экосистем (GSLEP) за поддержку, благодаря которой это мероприятие стало возможным. Зарегистрироваться до 20 ноября можно ЗДЕСЬ.

Week 1: Mountain Ungulates

Hosted by Dr. Munib Khanyari 

Asia’s mountain ungulates play an important role in maintaining ecosystems by influencing vegetation structure and nutrient cycling. There is a need for more information about the population status of these ungulates, which carries special significance in the protection of the snow leopard across its range. This session will explore a range of mountain ungulate monitoring and conservation approaches. Dr. Munib Khanyari will facilitate the session. He works with the Nature Conservation Foundation as a Program Manager. He works primarily across the Trans-Himalayan region of India, aiming to build positive human-nature relationships.