Smithsonian Magazine Cover Story

Dr. Thomas McCarthy, SLN member and head of the Panthera Snow Leopard Program, called this article to our attention. Congratulations to all the SLN members and other conservationists who are mentioned in the article.

Tom’s words are as follows:

“Smithsonian Magazine’s cover story this month [February 2016] provides a very nice depiction of the work Panthera and others are doing in Kyrgyzstan to conserve snow leopards. It focuses on the efforts of Tanya Rosen, Panthera Snow Leopard Program’s Country Director for Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Tanya came to Panthera just 3 years ago and has rapidly moved those programs ahead using a variety of conservation actions, including but not limited to the conservancy-based hunting programs described in the Smithsonian article.

Congratulations to Tanya and her Panthera Kyrgyz and Tajik team members!

I would also like to acknowledge Shannon Kachel, the University of Washington (Seattle) PhD student who leads the snow leopard collaring project mentioned in the article. He is pictured but not specifically named in the text. Congratulations to him and all of the Kyrgyz team on the capture of their first (of many!) snow leopards for this study.”

Read the full article and view the magnificent pictures here:

Smartphone app developed to identify illegal wildlife products

A WCS scientist has developed a smartphone app that helps law enforcement and military personnel identify illegal endangered species products in China, Afghanistan, and Viet Nam. The app allows the user to narrow the product down to the likely species, and also provides advice from expert taxonomists in eight hours. Heidi Kretser thought of the app after seeing US military personnel in Afghanistan purchasing illegal products including snow leopard furs.

For more details, see


Snow Leopard photographed catching marmot

Snow Leopard Trust trap cameras have captured images of a snow leopard catching a marmot in Kyrgyzstan.

For more information or to see the pictures as a time-lapse video, see

Snow Leopard Spotted in Upper Manang Village

Residents of Upper Manang Village in Nepal have reportedly sighted a snow leopard, which took a yak calf. This is the first time a snow leopard is thought to have entered the village. A local resident is quoted as feeling lucky to have had the opportunity to see a snow leopard, which is a positive reaction, considering a yak was taken.

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SL Conservation Grants Recipients Finish First Phase of Project

Congratulations to a group of Snow Leopard Conservation Grants recipients, who have successfully completed the first phase of their population survey in the Almaty State Reserve, and had an article about their work published in the Astana Times. The full article is available here:

Please note the misprint – they were awarded $15,000 in Snow Leopard COoservation Grants funding.

First Pictures of Kyrgyzstan’s Snow Leopards

SLN member organisation the Snow Leopard Trust recently released the first ever camera trap photos of snow leopards from Kyrgyzstan, which were captured as part of a snow leopard population assessment that they are conducting.

For more information and to see the pictures, please see

Snow Leopard Conservation and Research Facility Planned in Spiti

The Himachal Pradesh State Wildlife Department and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests is setting up a research centre that will serve as a base for a long-term radio collaring project.

For more information, see