24 Apr '12, 3pm

In the shadow of the world’s 3rd highest mountain, people & snow leopards are learning to coexist

In the shadow of the world’s 3rd highest mountain, people & snow leopards are learning to coexist

Here Himali and other villagers from the local Snow Leopard Conservation Committee set up camera traps to try to catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard on camera. © WWF-Nepal In the shadow of the world’s third highest mountain, people and snow leopards are learning to coexist. In the Buddhist faith, there is a strong belief that the snow leopard is god’s pet, but local communities in Kanchenjunga, Nepal often see the endangered species as a deadly threat. Snow leopards hunt wild prey like blue sheep and also take domestic livestock. In many impoverished communities each loss of livestock is keenly felt. People rely on animals like the yak for milk, wool, meat and even transportation. As a result, the snow leopard often faces swift and deadly retaliation from communities. In these harsh conditions, Himali Chungda Sherpa became a champion for the snow leopard. But he di...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2012/WWFPres...

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