JAMMU, June 9: Dr Tsewang Namgial, Director Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust, has been honoured with the prestigious Disney Conservation Hero Award-2020.
This was announced by Disney Conservation Fund, based in California USA. He was named among twenty other conservation heroes from around the world.
Dr Namgial leads a team of 13 dedicated people along with students and volunteers to reduce conflict between snow leopards and farmers and find solutions to benefit both through community based tourism, education and research. Dr Tsewang’s passion has also helped to grow a community-based conservation and education program into a model that has been emulated not just in India, but across snow leopard range in Asia.
It is pertinent to mention here that Snow Leopard habitat spans 12 mountainous countries throughout Central Asia with each diverse in traditions and culture and each with their own challenges for big cats. The Land of the Snow Leopard Network (LOSL) comprised more than 100 members including indigenous cultural practitioners-shamans, sacred site guardians, respected leaders of regional faiths and revered elders to bring communities together for the conservation of the Leopards.