Study species: Persian leopard
Project location: Iran
Species fact: Persian leopards are the largest extant cat in west Asia, sometimes attaining a body mass of 90 kg. They live in rugged mountains, usually not higher than 3000 metres above sea level, with a large home range.
Problem: Persecution is the main threat that Persian leopards face in the Middle East, either against themselves or their main prey such as bezoar goat, urial sheep or different deer species. The main reason for direct persecution of leopards is their occasional engagement in conflict with the rural people they live alongside. In cases of severe conflict, retaliation by local people might happen.
Enhancing law enforcement efforts to tackle poaching problem, which mainly target leopard prey species. We will improve capacity of anti-poaching units within key leopard sites.
Continue to understand the ecological needs of Persian leopards using satellite-tracking and camera traps. We will learn more about how they move among people, how they share mountains with each other and how populations change.
Raise awareness of, and try to reduce, the threats of the leopard persecution. This includes working closely with hunters and herders in leopard ranges.
What your donation can achieve
Will pay for the monthly field patrolling to visit the leopard sites and to monitor ongoing conservation and research activities.
Pays for four months’ salary for our Leopard Guardian, ex-poachers which are now hired and trained to become an anti-poaching officer, gathering evidence to challenge and tackle the horrific persecution of leopards and their prey.
Will contribute towards buying a horse or trail motorbike for anti-poaching units which will be used during their daily patrolling.
Covers the costs of satellite collars, batteries and GPS trackers for a year, so we can continue to follow and learn more about the ecology of this wonderful species.