Hello fellow bloggers,
This past two days have been difficult for many of us here. @thinkerv0‘s stepping down is big news, and I know I’m not the only one who’s distraught about it. I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience, but he was definitely a positive influence for me.
Therefore I believe this is a fitting time to announce that I’ve come across some wonderful news regarding snow leopards. The Kyrgyz Department of Hunting and Natural Resource Management, Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan, and the Snow Leopard Trust have teamed up to turn an ibex hunting concession in Kyrgyzstan into a nature reserve.
This will benefit snow leopards by bolstering the local population of ibex: an important prey animal for snow leopards. This in turn should decrease attacks on livestock, which will help local herders. The reserve will also be used for education, tourism, research, and as well-managed grazing land for local herders. I’m particularly excited about the last bit, because it represents an attempt to balance the needs of wildlife with those of local people.
To read more about this story, click here to view my recent post.