Snow Leopards and Persian Leopards: A Shared Strategy to Save them and their Habitats

Timeframe: 2023-2024
Country/Region: Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan
Partner: Conservation X Labs

Persian leopards and snow leopards are threatened by multiple factors in Central Asia including human encroachment, political conflict and climate change. Fondation Segré is supporting the efforts of Conservation X Labs to foster recovery of snow leopards and Persian leopards and their prey populations in three countries of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

The project activities, implemented by a locally based and very experienced regional team, are focussed on antipoaching and conflict prevention and mitigation at three specific sites: the Big Balkan Range and Garabogazgol depression on the Ustyurt Plateau in Turkmenistan – an important Persian leopard source population from where animals migrate north into Kazakhstan; the Ustyurt Reserve and Kyzylsai Regional Natural Park in Kazakhstan – where Persian leopards keep being recorded but where their preys are being poached; and the Khan Tenghri-Naryn corridor in Kyrgyzstan – one of the most important snow leopard sites where community-based nature conservancies are under development.