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Rinchen touched the hearts of many

Rinchen Wangchuck, Director of the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust who passed away earlier this week. Photo SLCIT.

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.

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