How this gift helps the planet
Human conflict is a key factor affecting the survival of the snow leopard. The animals are often killed by farmers because they prey on livestock such as sheep, goats, horses, and yak calves. In some areas domestic animals can make up over half of a snow leopard's diet.
WWF's work to protect snow leopards focuses on rural development, education for sustainable development, and the control of the illegal wildlife trade.
In Mongolia for example, WWF works with goat herders to build awareness about the plight of the snow leopard and to reduce the killing of snow leopards in retaliation for killing livestock.
With your support, WWF can launch mobile anti-poaching activities as a way to curb the hunting of snow leopards by those seeking to sell their pelts. We can also help governments develop compensation schemes to repay herders for lost livestock. With their livelihoods secure, those living near snow leopards are more likely to live in harmony with the animals.