Trekking with Tom

Follow Tom's adventure through Tajikistan and India's snow leopard country.

During May and June of 2010, Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, traveled through Tajikistan and India – 2 of the 12 snow leopard range states – to gather ecological data on the regions’ snow leopard populations, build Panthera’s partnerships with local conservation organizations and local communities, and identify the key threats currently facing snow leopards as part of Panthera’s range-wide snow leopard conservation program. Tom documented his journey with a high-definition Flip video camera and digital camera, in order to bring you, our supporters, along into the field and share some of the work we are doing to protect snow leopards. We have pieced together Tom’s video clips, photos and stories from the field to bring you the “Trekking with Tom” blog series. Follow Tom's adventure through Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains and India’s Himalayas in search of the elusive “mountain ghost” and the conservation strategies Panthera must employ to protect this rare and endangered species.

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Trekking with Tom: Learning about India’s Homestays

Homestay owner

Yesterday, you got a glimpse inside a traditional (and colorful) Indian homestay – a kind of temporary housing that supports tourism in India’s small villages by putting a roof over the heads of eco-tourists (like Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy), and helps offset the cost of homestay owners’ livestock losses caused by snow leopards. Watch Tom’s interesting interview with a local homestay owner to learn how operating a homestay allows one woman to provide for her children and how she feels about hunting snow leopards.

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Map of Tajikistan and India

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See full snow leopard camera trap video

Cameras for Cats

An important part of our work at Panthera is to use the best possible methods to identify where endangered cats live, to determine what is happening to their populations, and to mitigate threats to their survival.

Camera traps and GPS collars are both vital tools for our conservation efforts and the grid on the left shows recent images of three gorgeous snow leopard cubs that were taken by a camera trap at our study site in Mongolia.

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