Ecology of Snow Leopard and Strengthening Community Engagement for its Conservation in Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal.

Funded by The Rufford Foundation – UK, this project aims to monitor the snow leopard within the Chum Valley through a camera trapping method and conducts its faecal (scat) dietary analysis. The exact population of snow leopards in the area will be known along with the prey preference of snow leopards from the survey. The wild main prey species (blue sheep and Himalayan tahr) survey will be conducted that gives data on the abundance of wild prey in the locality. The proposed awareness program in Chum and Nubri Valley helps to analyse the situation of local people and their knowledge and attitude towards snow leopards. Then a final habitat suitability map will determine the extent of suitable habitat for snow leopard and helps to make effective decisions for conservation activities.