Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF) started operations in Pakistan in 2006 and was registered under Companies Ordinance of 1984 and Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan. SLF aims to improve the socio-economic conditions of the people, who share the fragile mountain ecosystem with carnivores beside research & other academic prolific achievements.

SLF at Glance

8370 products were made so far by the 65 female artisans of communities under Snow Leopard Enterprise (SLE) program.

4 predator proof corals were constructed for livestock safety to improve livelihoods of local communities.

10 Teachers of schools were trained as Coordinators of Nature clubs.

Over 600000 livestock is vaccinated in the districts of GB.

30 persons were trained as community Livestock extension workers (CLEWS, male).

15 Field staff of Parks & Wildlife Department was train in wildlife census techniques.

More than dozen research projects (thesis) of post graduate students of QAU, were sponsored and supervised.

7 camera trap studies were conducted in the valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan.

180 students were become the part of Nature clubs in 11 schools.

More than 12 post graduate students were trained in wildlife assessment tools through on field training.

Our Vision

Dedicated to conserve viable population of snow leopards and other wild carnivores as an integral part of landscapes across Pakistan.


Enhance tolerance and build support for the conservation of the snow leopard and other carnivores in Pakistan.


  • Enhance public awareness and understanding of snow leopard ecology, conservation status and needs, and management
  • Promote the snow leopard as a flagship for conservation of montane wildlife of Pakistan.
  • Fill gaps in conservation related information through fostering well-designed research on snow leopards, other carnivores, their prey species and habitats.
  • Develop and promote sound stewardship of snow leopards and other carnivores through scientifically based population, habitat, and natural resource use management
  • Support government in improving functionality and management of Protected Areas and enabling sound conservation policies.
  • Promote environment, develop capacity, and facilitate ecological research in Pakistan


Snow Leopard

An Elusive Beauty-Helping in Strengthening Economies

The Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia), known for its beauty, are perfectly adapted to the cold and dry habitats. This remarkable species plays a key role as both top predator and an indicator of the health of its high-altitude habitat. If snow leopards thrive so will countless other species, as well as the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on the rivers flowing down from Central Asia's mountains. Indeed, snow leopard habitat provides important resources for local communities – from food and health for livestock, cash income from trophy hunting of prey species, fuel wood, meat, wool, fruits and water sources for millions of people downstream, employment opportunities, tourism, medicinal herbs collected and marketed by communities. The species also serves as a link with the international community and possesses potential for trans-boundary agreements and means of commitment which ultimately helps in community uplift and strengthening.


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Objective oriented research to gather critical information required for conservation, like assessing population of snow leopard and other carnivores and their prey base, determining suitable habitats, assessing wildlife-human conflict levels, and identifying potential opportunities for conservation programs. Research is used as a tool for designing as well as evaluating conservation programs.
Since, its inception SLF has pioneered some state-of-the-art and cross cutting ecological research protocols in Pakistan, which could be taken as the lifeline for the biodiversity conservation in one of the jagged habitats of the country. The highlights of the scientific endeavors included:

  • Human-Carnivores interaction surveys
  • Occupancy surveys
  • Camera trapping
  • Genetic studies
  • Habitat Modeling


A conservation program cannot be effective without public support. SLF builds partnerships with concerned communities and stakeholders, and introduces innovative interventions for improving their livelihood conditions with the ultimate aim of promoting conservation.

Community based conservation programs aim to manage and ameliorate the conflict between wildlife conservation and economic development by encouraging rural communities to balance their monetary needs with their respect for environment.

Conservation programs include:
  • Animal Health & Vaccination Program
  • Snow Leopard Enterprise (SLE)
  • Livestock Support Program > Livestock Insurance


One of the major threats to the survival of carnivores in Pakistan is the lack of awareness and support. The overall goal of this component is to inculcate sense of stewardship and love for carnivores especially snow leopard and its fragile mountain ecosystem in the communities through trainings, awareness campaigns, and developing resource materials.The following activities were undertaken under this component.

Capacity Building of Stakeholders

Shortage of trained human resource to tackle conservation and research issues relating wildlife conservation is another threat to the biodiversity of the country. Realizing the need SLF is helping develop skilled resource base in the country by providing avenues to the stakeholders and students to enhance their research skills through on field training, workshops, and sponsoring and supervising the research work of university students.

Dissemination of Scientific Information

Research findings are made available to the interested stakeholders and national as well as international research arena in the form of scientific papers, short communications in national and international journals and by developing resource material like brochures, fact sheets, posters, and newsletters.


Students from various national and international universities are associated with SLF for their research work as a part of their thesis. SLF facilitates the associated students in research activities through financial and technical support.