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Snow leopard killed by villagers in Nepal

This videos was shot during the snow leopard survey in upper Dolpo, Mid- Western Himalayas of Nepal. The snow leopard was killed and thrown into a cave to take revenge for it killing village sheep. Unfortunately where humans and these rare cats live so close together snow leopards do sometimes attack village livestock and villagers defend their livelihoods. For this reason it’s important we support the compensation and insurance schemes that organisations like Snow Leopard Trust and Snow Leopard Conservancy set up in these areas of snow leopard habitat. When villagers know they will get money for their dead sheep they are less likely to kill the snow leopards.

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  • Babette de Jonge June 28, 2011, 12:39 am

    Good afternoon Sibylle,

    Thanks for all the good work you are doing for the snowleopard. They are amazing animals, like the other wild cats. I am also working for and with wild cats in various ways. At this moment I am founding a project called Wild Cats World and together with Cheetah Experience from South Africa I am now doing projects in South Africa but also in India involving conservation, education and breeding programmes for several endangered species. My question to you is if you can help us start a breeding programme for the snowleopard in India. Maybe you can help us or assist us in joining the studbook and starting breeding with them in the best way.
    We have experienced people who worked with most of the other catspecies but I think it would be a good thing to also help the snowleopard in our project.

    I hope you can send me a reply and that you have some ideas how to go from here.
    Thanks so much in advance
    Best wishes.
    Babette de Jonge

  • George June 28, 2011, 12:58 am

    Good lord. What a shame. Its a rarity to see Snow Leopard and people there do this. I’ve spent days to sight them. haven’t they been told about this predator? I think they need to be educated ASAP. I live down south, else I would want to do something here… Somebody please help.

  • Sibylle July 5, 2011, 1:10 pm

    thank you babette for your interest and support of snow leopards. I will forward your email with your questions to a number of key snow leopard conservationists working in India.
    good luck with all your work, regards from Sibylle

  • Tatyana July 7, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Dear Sibylle
    please could you, please, reply to me email I sent you to your contact email about the video.
    Thank you

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