Conserving the Ghost Cat of the Himalayas and Beyond – January 16, 2019

Conserving the Ghost Cat of the Himalayas and Beyond
First United Methodist Church
Monday, January 21st, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

The Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia), a large mammal, has an estimated remaining world population of under 10,000. The Snow Leopard’s habitat is high altitude in the rugged mountains of Central Asia. Snow Leopards are solo traveler and elusive, known as the “Ghost Cat.” Females raise their cubs alone for up to 18 months. The internationally recognized conservation nonprofit, Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC), is headquartered in Sonoma County. For almost 20 years, the Conservancy has been dedicated to preservation of the Snow Leopard.

Dr. Rodney Jackson, Director of SLC, will share with us the Conservancy’s work on habitat and species preservation. Important in SLC’s work is the interface with farming and livestock herding, the main land uses and sources of human livelihood in the Snow Leopard’s home range. Dr. Jackson’s passion is helping local citizens co-exist with the Snow Leopard, including community-driven interventions. Interestingly, an international effort to help save an important apex predator appears appears necessarily seated in local, community-based, step-by-step efforts and a gradual change in perception of citizens toward wild creatures where both live.

Admission is free.

First United Methodist Church
1551 Montgomery Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 545-3863

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