My local zoo is finally expanding the area for their snow leopards; their previous enclosure always broke my heart a bit. Snow leopards, like elephants, are struggling in the wild with climate change, poaching, and human/animal conflicts. There are only between 4000-6000 wild snow leopards in the world today.
The Snow Leopard Trust has been instrumental in saving the snow leopard. One of their projects includes providing livestock insurance – herders who wish to receive compensation for lost livestock must protect snow leopards. Another provides income to women by purchasing their handicrafts and selling them through the Trust all over the world. They also create eco-camps and nature clubs for children to learn about conservation, and run adult educational seminars on a regular basis.