After the news of Rinchen Wangchuk’s passing this week many people have posted their condolences here on the Blog for Rinchen’s family and friends. I just wanted to thank you all and let you know I am passing these messages to his family and to his colleagues at the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust in Leh, Ladakh. Rinchen obviously made a huge impression on many people, not only with his passionate snow leopard conservation work, but also his warm personality and outlook.
Readers will know from a blog post earlier this week that Rinchen received an “Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community-based Snow Leopard Conservation” from the Snow Leopard Conservancy US. Rodney Jackson from the SLC told me that although the award was formally presented to Rinchen just a short time before he passed away, he had known about it for a few months. It is fitting that he was able to enjoy the Award in that time.