Zeborong and Shyamling will be closely monitored by conservation biologists who are hoping that comparing their movement with Jackson’s study from nearly 40 years ago will enable them to study the impact of climate change on the leopards’ movement patterns, prey preference, home ranges and trans-boundary corridors.
“With growing infrastructure development across the country, information received from the collaring will be key in identifying implications of linear infrastructure in snow leopard habitats, human-snow leopard interface and mitigation measures,” said Ghana S Gurung, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. “Besides contributing towards the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), the data will also help determine how snow leopard conservation moves ahead in Nepal in the face of climate change.”
The collaring expedition was led by the Government of Nepal in partnership with WWF Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation, and citizen scientists from the local Snow Leopard Conservation Committees. WWF-UK, WWF Belgium, WWF Canada and WWF Australia, WWF Nepal provided financial support for the collaring.