“By developing a community-led management approach,”
said WCS’s Anthony Simms, the study’s lead author, “we believe snow leopards
will be conserved in Afghanistan over the long term.”
For more information on our work in Afghanistan and
with snow leopards elsewhere, see the press release.
WCS is committed to studying and protecting snow leopards in Afghanistan. We work with every community in the Wakhan, training and deploying village rangers who set the camera traps that took these photographs and perform regular patrols to enforce local and national laws against poaching. We work on community and school-based conservation education to raise awareness about the need for conservation of wildlife, including snow leopards. Through these initiatives, it is now much harder for poachers to operate in the Wakhan. Finally, we work on the ‘demand’ end, educating potential purchasers to eliminate the sale of snow leopard pelts and products in Kabul. Please see www.wcsafghanistan.org to learn more about our program in Afghanistan.