23 Sep '11, 1am

Cooperation is Saving Mongolia’s Snow Leopards:

Cooperation is Saving Mongolia’s Snow Leopards:

NOTE: This is a guest post from Brad Rutherford, the Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Trust since 2000. He recently returned from a visit to the Snow Leopard Enterprises project in Mongolia. For generations snow leopards have been seen as an enemy by herders across the mountains of Mongolia. If a herder lost a sheep or a goat to a snow leopard, it caused an economic catastrophe for the family that reinforced a cycle of conflict between humans and this endangered big cat. This system made protecting snow leopards very difficult in the remote parts of Central Asia where snow leopards are found. However, this all started to change in 1998 when two researchers sat down with herders and really tried to understand the challenges facing these rural families who share the land with snow leopards. While drinking tea and listening it became clear that as long as herders were o...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/cooperation-is-saving-mongoli...

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