Conservation between Hope and Despair

"Pamir", a cub confiscated in the Madiyan valley from a well-known poacher. His mother was killed and the skin sold. (Photograph by Stefan Michel)
“Pamir”, a cub confiscated in the Madiyan valley from a well-known poacher. His mother was killed and the skin sold. (Photograph by Stefan Michel)

The last few months have been busy for team Panthera in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. On a hopeful note – repeat snow leopard camera trap surveys in the Alichur in the eastern Pamirs have shown a small yet promising increase in snow leopards using the protected conservancy grounds. More predator-proof corrals have been built in the eastern Pamirs, ensuring the safety of domestic livestock in time for the late fall, when snow leopard attacks on corrals tend to increase. (See Facebook page “Community-based Wildlife Conservation in Tajikistan”). Even so, many challenges remain for this charismatic wild cat.

A New Study in the Hissar Range

In other exciting developments, we also hosted Tara Meyer, a graduate student at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She conducted a camera trap study in the Hissar range along the border with Uzbekistan, with support from our biologist Khalil Karimov and Zayiniddin Amirov and Komil Saidov of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan. The study of Tara and team yielded the first photographic evidence of snow leopards in this —> Read More Here

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