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ECWG Virtual Meeting: Living with Snow Leopards by Tshewang Wangchuk

February 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Snow Leopard

Explorers Club Members, Associates/Friends, Members’ Guests and Non-Members’ Guest List You are cordially invited to the February 2021 ECWG virtual via Zoom.

About the Presentation

Bhutan’s high Himalayan mountains are an excellent home to snow leopards. The magnificent wild cat thrives in a region where there is minimal persecution from humans who, along with their livestock (mostly yaks), inhabit this shared habitat.

Tshewang Wangchuk

In contrast with snow leopard habitat elsewhere in its global range, the snow leopards in Bhutan are largely secured within protected areas or under some form of government protection.

Support of the local communities in conservation efforts is an important ingredient for their success, and this can only happen if the local residents see value and relevance to them from conservation. This talk will focus on how a mountain community coexists harmoniously with snow leopards in north-western Bhutan.

About Our Speaker

Tshewang Wangchuk

Tshewang Wangchuk is the Executive Director of the Bhutan Foundation, based in Washington, DC. He studied the snow leopard in the mountains of Bhutan for his dissertation research and has completed Bhutan’s Snowman Trek several times. Previously, he coordinated the global tiger program for WWF International.

In Bhutan, he was the first National Park Manager for the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (previously known as the Black Mountains National Park) and also managed Jigme Dorji National Park during a period when the protected area system of Bhutan was being revised to represent major ecological regions of the country, bringing up the total coverage to 51%. He has been with the Bhutan Foundation for the last 11 years.

How to Attend

This presentation will be given on the Zoom platform. Access will be mailed to all members. For help using Zoom please see this post: 

Zoom Meeting Instructions


February 27
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Deborah Bell