PESHAWAR -- The impact of climate change, unmanaged tourism and human development has turned snow leopard and its ecosystem into fragile state.
The survival of majority of wild animals is under threat. Being a large carnivore, the snow leopard is among the most threatened species and their survival has becoming difficult.
According to a press release issued here, the International Snow Leopard Day is celebrated on October 23 every year in all the 12 snow leopard range countries.
As part of awareness and educational initiatives, SLF actively celebrate and participate in international days relevant to environment, wildlife, biodiversity and tourism.
Following the practice, this year SLF celebrated the International Snow Leopard Day on October 23, 2019 in its program sites in Gilgit Baltistan, Chitral KP and Neelum AJ and K. The day was celebrated under the theme 'Innovative Conservation Education for Enhanced Tolerance and Co-existence'.
SLF has always given importance to youth in its conservation efforts. To create awareness and provide conservation education to students at grass root level, SLF has established Snow Leopard Clubs (nature clubs) in local community schools in snow leopard habitat.
In Gilgit Baltistan the SLF/ PSLEP program office celebrated Snow Leopard Day in four local schools 1. DJ High School Teru, Phander, 2. Shah Wali Academy Ghulmat, Nagar, 3. Jamshed Public School Astak, 4. DJ Middle School Ghulkin, Gojal Hunza. The program office in Chitral KPK celebrated the Day at University of Chitral in collaboration with Department of Sociology and Zoology.
The AJ and K program office celebrated the Day at Government Girls Intermediate College Kel - AJ and K. More than 400 students from all three regions participated in the regional events. The activities included nature walk, quiz shows, speeches by the students.
The Snow Leopard Club coordinators shared with students the definition of climate change, its impact on the snow leopard and its...