Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) has continued to be a prominent threat to snow leopards globally. Poaching for snow leopard fur and even bones has been reported across the range. However, several dimensions of this threat such as the magnitude, the scale, regions where poaching is common, are largely unknown.
To gain a better understanding of the nature of poaching and IWT in the snow leopard range, GSLEP along with its partner organizations have established the Global Snow Leopard Illegal Wildlife Crime Database. Data on poaching and illegal wildlife trade are not limited to snow leopards, but extend to all species that are found in the snow leopard range. The purpose of the database is to collect information on IWT from across the snow leopard range. It will be used to improve conservation efforts to address this threat through improved data collation, information generation, information sharing, and international cooperation.
Individuals or organizations can submit a First Information Report (FIR) under the tab “submit data”. Persons submitting the FIR will receive a follow-up email requesting more information.
Your information on IWT and poaching can become a part of the shared global effort to combat this threat. Every bit of information counts.