Parachute cafes are found along the main trekking routes in the mountains of India. Military surplus parachutes are used to house the cafes, which also usually include a small stone hut. Local villagers sell light meals, tea, juice and other food and drink items at these cafes. This is one example of how eco-tourism benefits the livelihoods of local villagers living in and around snow leopard habitat.
Learn more about Panthera's "Trekking with Tom" blog series to see videos, photos and stories from Tom's trip to Tajikistan and India at www.panthera.org/trekking-with-tom.
Learn about Panthera's Snow Leopard Program at www.panthera.org/programs/snow-leopard/snow-leopard-program
Learn about Panthera's Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, at www.panthera.org/people/tom-mccarthy-phd
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