SNOW LEOPARDS – IUCN RED LIST: ENDANGERED
As part of this month’s focus on Snow Leopards (IUCN Red List: Endangered species with scientists estimating there maybe a few as 4,0000 animals in the wild) Billabong Zoo is highlighting the work of the Snow Leopard Trust.
“With programs and staff in five countries in Central Asia and support from around the world, the Snow Leopard Trust is a leader in the effort to secure the future of the snow leopard.”
As part of our Conservation through Education programme we are using our website site, social media and Zoo Keeper talks and Up-Close Personal Encounters to promote their great work. The following is an extract from the Snow Leopard Trust site (www.snowleopard.org)
Snow leopards live in vast home ranges – some cats have been known to use up to 1,000 square kilometres. While it is important to secure their key habitats through Protected Areas, it simply isn’t enough. To protect these endangered cats, we need to work at a larger landscape level, and find ways for snow leopards to coexist with the people sharing their habitat. This is the focus of our conservation approach. Many of the families living in snow leopard habitat are herders who live on less than $2 per day and depend on their livestock for food and income. The snow leopard occasionally attacks and kills livestock, and members of these low-income communities sometimes resort to retaliation killings or poaching of snow leopards to protect their herds of livestock or earn extra money. Our community-based conservation programs aim to break this cycle of poverty and create incentives for herders to protect local wildlife and ecosystems. For further information and ways you can help visit https://www.snowleopard.org/our-work/conservation-programs/
You can book an Up-close personal encounter with Billabong Zoo’s magnificent Ambassador Snow Leopards (you need to book in advance) or attend a Zoo Keeper talk – free, daily at 4.15pm. Further information: http://billabongzoo.com.au/portfolio-item/snow-leopards/