What is GSLEP?

GSLEP, the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program, is an unprecedented alliance of all snow leopard range countries, non-governmental organizations, multi-lateral institutions, scientists and local communities, united by one goal: saving the snow leopard and its mountain ecosystems.


Trace the GSLEP program and its milestones from its inception at the first Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Forum in 2013 through today.

Goals: What does GSLEP want?

Explore the program goals and the progress that has been made.

Priorities: What does GSLEP do?

Understand how we work to achieve our goals.

Structure: How does GSLEP operate?

See how we are organized and who our partners are.

Snow Leopard Range Countries

Key Partners


Afghanistan encompasses the far western range extent of the snow leopard’s distribution. Included within Afghanistan’s range is…


In Bhutan, the snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is revered as a mountain deity by the yak herders and the mountain communities…


China is home to the world’s largest snow leopard population, with an estimated 2000 – 2500 individuals. The largest share of the cat…


Snow leopard habitats in India are spread over the northern Himalayan mountains of the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal…


The snow leopard is an official symbol of Kazakhstan, which was a suggestion of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Thus, the symbolism.


There are about two percent of the world’s species of flora and more than three percent of the species of the world fauna in the Ky…


The Mongolian snow leopard population is 2nd largest in the world, with about 1000 individuals; distributed in Mongolian Altai, Gobi…….


In Nepal, snow leopards are found in the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) in the east to Api-Nampa Conservation Area (ANC…


An estimated 200–420 snow leopards exist in Pakistan across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and Azad Jammu and..


In Russia the snow leopard is at the northernmost edge of its contemporary range and has only a few sustainable populations of anim..


Tajikistan contains around 250-280 snow leopards primarily within the Pamir Mountain range. Tajikistan is located in the center of the….


In Uzbekistan the edge of the snow leopard’s range is represented by boundary areas of two independent, unconnected groups – Tien-Shan and Pamir-Alai.

Snow Leopard Trust

The Snow Leopard Trust has been an active partner of the GSLEP program since its inception.


WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society has been a GLSEP program partner since its inception.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency working in foreign development.

University of Central Asia (UCA)

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 based on an international treaty signed by the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan and His Highness the Aga Khan.

United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been an active partner of the GSLEP program since its inception.

Snow Leopard Conservancy

Snow Leopard Conservancy has been a GSLEP program partner since its inception.

Snow Leopard Network

The Snow Leopard Network is a worldwide organization dedicated to facilitating the exchange of information between individuals around the world for the purpose of snow leopard conservation.

Marwell Wildlife

Marwell Wildlife and Beijing Forestry University (BFU)’s Wildlife Institute, led by Dr Shi Kun, have formed a collaborative alliance to further develop their programme of work for the snow leopard started by Dr. Philip Riordan and Dr Shi in 2007.

Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF)  has been an active partner of the GLSEP program since its inception.

Flora and Fauna International

Fauna & Flora International has been an active partner of the GSLEP  program since its inception.