High Altitudes

Snow leopard and prey distribution

Factors affecting snow leopard & wild-prey at multiple scales 

A multi-scale approach provides understanding on how different factors are working to shape snow leopard and wild-prey occurrences and relative abundance at large and fine spatial scales.

From large to fine spatial scale

For a wide-ranging species like snow leopard understanding its distribution at large-spatial scale is necessary to better inform conservation management at state or regional scale. At the same time examining how wild-prey of snow leopard and the habitat gets affected by different forms of natural resource use is needed to manage wild-prey populations and habitat at the level of a valley / catchment.

Migratory grazing & snow leopard habitat

Decline in wild-prey population due to rangeland degradation by livestock grazing is a serious problem to snow leopard conservation. While impacts of resident livestock grazing has been documented, impact of migratory livestock grazing remains poorly understood and has been socio-politically contentious, being more often dealt through activism than science-based ecological evidence.

Objectives

  • Examining changes in and factors affecting distribution of snow leopard and its primary prey, bharal and ibex
  • Evaluate effect of migratory livestock grazing on vegetation and relative abundance of wild-prey of snow leopard
  • Assessing underlying drivers of changes and future directions in migratory grazing practices