Donation amount: $30,000 (£24,600)
The first donation from Remembering Leopards went to help the Wildlife Conservation Society continue the vital work it has been doing with snow leopards in Afghanistan since 2006.
Thanks to this work, the snow leopard received national protection, while the Wakhan District, Badakhshan Province, where WCS has documented amongst highest density for the species across its range (2-3 individuals/100 km2), was declared as the country’s second national park and enlisted as one of 20 priority landscapes for snow leopards globally by the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), a high-level multinational policy forum.
Our much-needed funds will be used for the continued employment of eco-guards selected from local communities in Wakhan National Park, securing livestock corrals against intrusions of snow leopards, developing alternative livelihoods to livestock raising and finally supporting environmental education and awareness.
There are currently extreme challenges in this area and as a result, poaching of wild ungulate species (also favoured snow leopard prey) for subsistence has increased. The number of snow leopard attacks on livestock during winter 2022-2023 therefore has also increased, threefold, presumably as a result of the decline in natural prey species.
We are proud that our donation will allow WCS to continue this important work in such difficult circumstances.
Location: South Africa
Donation amount: $15,000 (£12,300)
Remembering Leopards is supporting the work of the Cape Leopard Trust, whose purpose is to ensure the long-term survival of dwindling Cape leopard populations by promoting peaceful coexistence and the protection of landscapes, empowered by scientific research, positive community partnerships, education and advocacy.
Our funds will be directed towards the organisation’s recently announced ‘Snare free’ initiative, which aims to provide a coordinated response to snared wildlife incidents, as well as improved training, data collection and awareness about snaring in the province.
This is against a background of a dramatic increase in snaring incidents across South Africa in recent months and we are proud to support any initiative that works to combat that.
Photo credit to Steve Winter, who generously allowed us to use this rare image of his of a Cape leopard in Remembering Leopards, and who spoke so passionately at the book launch in London.
Donation amount: $10,000 (£8,200)
This donation was made to Tsavo Trust’s Tembo 4 team that operates in the Tsavo West NP.
The team’s High Value Species Monitoring work collects data on big tuskers and large predators, including leopards. The work helps the organisation to better understand distribution and numbers as well as predator mortality resulting from poaching or human-wildlife conflict (HWC).
In 2022 there were 19 incidents involving leopards and HWC in the area and the team works hard with local communities to mitigate such conflict.
As always, though our donation stems from a particular species each year, our funds will help all species in the eco-system, which in this case is the size of Switzerland!
This fantastic image was taken by Tsavo Trust of a leopard from one of their aerial patrols and shows just how elusive this cat is in the vast landscape.
This donation is the third Remembering Wildlife has made to the Tsavo Trust, taking total funds we have supported the organisation with to $20,000 USD.
Location: South Africa
Donation amount: $8,000 (£6,250)
This is Remembering Wildlife’s second donation to Contemplate Wild, whose primary objective is fostering the conservation of endangered species and habitats through the use of technology.
This project harnesses cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) animal identification technology to better understand wildlife social interactions.
Remembering Leopards’ donation will kickstart a specific focus on leopards, using this AI technology, allowing the team to enhance leopard monitoring and determine distribution, movement patterns and behaviour in the greater Kruger landscape of South Africa.
Location: South Africa
Donation amount: $5,250 (£4,138)
Between 2020 and mid-2023, Wildscapes Veterinary & Conservation Services attended 284 emergency callouts. Most were to rescue and treat wildlife caught in snares, but they also dealt with everything from human-wildlife conflict to poisonings and road traffic impacts to poaching.
When an emergency is reported, the team tends to the animal as a priority, then often has to worry about finding the funds to pay for the treatment later. This donation from Remembering Leopards will be managed as an emergency fund, available to be drawn upon to treat not only leopards but also the other species from the whole of our book series found in the area (elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, lions and African wild dogs).
The photo shows a leopard that the team recently managed to capture and relocate to a protected area.