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Save snow leopards now

 

 

There may be as few as 4,000 snow leopards left. At least four of these cats are killed every week.

At the beginning of August, we asked you to help us #SaveSnowLeopards by signing our petition and letting the 12 leaders of snow leopard regions know that urgent action must be taken to save these majestic cats. Now, we can give you the good news from the International Snow Leopard summit in Kyrgyzstan.

 

The Government of Nepal has made conservation history by becoming the FIRST country to launch its climate-smart snow leopard landscape management plan. It's so encouraging to see the high level of commitment Nepal has for protecting these beautiful big cats and their habitat. Their management plan will be used as a model for other range countries to adopt.

 

"The snow leopard is an icon of Asia's high mountains but also a symbol of sustainable development" 
- Marco Lambertini,
Director General, WWF International

 

We also handed over the 200,000 petition signatures that came in from all over the world. Not only that, but we got some big names involved in sharing the urgency of this situation including Leonardo DiCaprio, Dia Mirza and Megan Fox. These cats may be elusive and solitary, but now they have a whole global network of supporters.

 

Thanks to your support, government delegates from all snow leopard regions assured their continued commitment to secure at least 20 landscapes for these endangered cats by 2020.

 

We'll be actively engaging in the 2018 Snow Leopard Summit proposed to be held in China, to ensure management plans are well and truly underway.

 

Follow us on our social media pages to keep updated on the latest on the efforts to protect these beautiful big cats.

 

Once again, thank you for signing the petition and taking action to #SaveSnowLeopards! With the help of over 200,000 strong voices, the majestic snow leopard has a chance to thrive in the wild.

 

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“I urge you [the leaders of the twelve snow leopard range countries and international institutions] to take immediate action to protect the snow leopard when you meet this August for the Global Snow Leopard Summit in Bishkek.

 

In 2013, you all came together for the first time and agreed on an ambitious plan to secure 20 landscapes for snow leopards by 2020. You’ve already followed up and identified these landscapes, and have continued to bring up snow leopard conservation in policy discussions. I applaud you for taking these important first steps.

 

Now it’s time to make real progress!

 

We don’t currently know for certain how many wild snow leopards there really are, but we do know that on average one snow leopard is killed every day somewhere in the cat’s range by poachers, some by desperate local communities who are trying to protect their livestock. We also know that a significant part of the cat’s habitat is at risk from unsustainable, poorly planned development.

 

We can’t lose another minute! We have to put the plan into action, and secure these landscapes for the snow leopard’s future!

 

I respectfully ask you to:

 

• Ensure that the snow leopard landscapes you’ve already identified as safe havens for the cats are properly secured and protected through long-term management plans implemented by all sectors of government and other stakeholders.

 

• Create and implement a joint strategy with all range countries to combat poaching and illegal trade of snow leopards and other wildlife

 

• Safeguard the future of the snow leopard by supporting a range-wide, scientifically sound assessment of their remaining population to inform future conservation management

 

• Commit to ensuring that all infrastructure development in mountain ecosystems is sustainable and does not threaten snow leopards or their sensitive habitats

 

• Develop a pipeline of investable projects that will promote sustainable development in snow leopard landscapes, helping decrease rural poverty while respecting the needs of wildlife.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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