Snow Leopard Conservancy

April 24, 2021

9:15 am PDT

Only a few thousand snow leopards remain in their home high in the mountains of Central Asia. This rare species is a sacred symbol of local indigenous people, but lives under constant threat of poaching, human development, and climate change. The Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) binds snow leopard conservation with the traditional beliefs of indigenous communities to build support for saving this big cat. With the aid of innovative technologies and the expertise of local people, SLC tracks snow leopards and protects their habitat. They also educate children about snow leopard conservation and help run Land of Snow Leopard Network, a coalition of conservationists and local cultural leaders.

Almagul Osmonova is speaking in the Conservation in Local Hands roundtable.



Almagul Osmonova

Director, Taalim-Forum Public Foundation

Almagul Osmonova is acting as a Land of Snow Leopard Network’s Country Coordinator for Kyrgyzstan, to protect snow leopards and their habitats. Together with her partners from other local NGOs, she works on engaging local communities, teachers and students in education and awareness building activities. Almagul has experience in teaching at schools and lecturing at universities. Holding an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, UK, she actively promotes interdisciplinary and holistic approaches in teaching and learning. She works on developing teachers’ guide-books, educational materials, and books for children with the focus on local environment, biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Photography credit: Eric Ash