Nepal

Poachers say they found snow leopards already dead

June 6, 2011 Illegal wildlife trade

A followup to the recent story about snow leopard poachers’ arrest in Nepal by WWF Nepal staff who were involved in the operation. “Two poachers involved in trading of body parts of endangered wild animal were arrested on 28 may 2011 from Mustang district, a district situated inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). The […]

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No Paradise for these two snow leopards in Nepal

May 31, 2011 Illegal wildlife trade

A shocking story greeted the readers of Kathmandu Post in Nepal  yesterday. It showed this photo of two snow leopard pelts. Two people have been arrested in Mustang in Nepal (where it is illegal to kill the cats) with the hides of the two snow leopards. One is the owner of the Paradise Guest House […]

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Snow leopard scouts swoop on Sagarmatha

April 8, 2011 Community-based conservation

My friend Dr Som Ale in Nepal has sent me a lovely booklet called “Snow Leopard Scouts From Everest”. Produced by the Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) it’s a collection of lively snow leopard and other animal drawings by schools kids in the Everest (called Sagarmatha by local people) region. It tells the story of the […]

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DNA technology to help snow leopard reseachers in Nepal

December 2, 2010 Nepal

We all know snow leopards are very hard to study. They are shy and live in snow leopard habitat usually remote from easy access and often at high altitudes. Nepal, with its stunning Himalayan ecosystems has a significant snow leopard population. Until now researchers have relied on hard foot slogging into the remote areas to […]

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Snow leopard numbers up in Kanchenjunga area Nepal

November 10, 2010 Nepal

Today’s Kathmandu Post reports good news that the number of snow leopards has increased in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) in eastern Nepal, where Mt Kanchenjunga, the world’s third largest mountain rises on the Indian border. Ananda Gautam reports – “The population of snow leopard inside KCA has gone up with the introduction of livestock […]

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Nepal newspaper highlights poaching of endangered wildlife

October 31, 2010 Illegal wildlife trade

The Himalayan Times (from Kathmandu, Nepal) wrote in its editorial today that the story of a local man apprehended this week trying to sell three Red Panda skins in Kathmandu, “highlights how poaching of such an endangered animal is on the rise..and points to the laxity of conservation attempts. It is not only Red Panda […]

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Forest fires threaten snow leopards in Nepal

January 19, 2010 Nepal

Over the years I’ve heard of many different threats to the survival of snow leopards in the wild. In Nepal it now turns out that forest fires are also a threat to the cats. Last week a fire in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) broke out after two hotel porters threw marijuana stubs onto […]

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"My grandmother says"….a story of snow leopards

January 13, 2010 Nepal

A few years ago after I returned from a trek in the Mustang region of western Nepal with a wonderful guide, Binod Rana, he introduced me to his brother, Dipak. Dipak was doing community work and fundraising for a school in a village in the Langtang region and I wondered what I could do to […]

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Sleeping in a cave to save snow leopards and report on Himalayan climate change

January 12, 2010 Nepal

Navin Singh Khadka is an environmental journalist from Nepal with a keen interest in how climate change is affecting the Himalayas. Currently based in London, he is an Environment Reporter for BBC News. Navin has had some tough adventures doing his work. In today’s interview with The Nepal Monitor he not only talks about climate […]

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Everest Declaration to protect home of snow leopard from more climate change impacts

December 17, 2009 Endangered species

Early in December in the lead up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference Nepal came up with a 10-point declaration for dealing with the environmental impact on Everest and the Himalayan region caused by global warming. A few years ago Peter Hillary warned that some areas around Everest are sinking, with Base camp, (used by his […]

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