Snow leopard and prey distribution
Factors affecting snow leopard & wild-prey at multiple scales
multi-scale approach provides understanding on how different factors are
working to shape snow leopard and wild-prey occurrences and relative abundance
at large and fine spatial scales.
From large to fine spatial scale
a wide-ranging species like snow leopard understanding its distribution at
large-spatial scale is necessary to better inform conservation management at
state or regional scale. At the same time examining how wild-prey of snow
leopard and the habitat gets affected by different forms of natural resource
use is needed to manage wild-prey populations and habitat at the level of a
valley / catchment.
Migratory grazing & snow leopard habitat
Decline in wild-prey population due to rangeland degradation by livestock grazing is a serious problem to snow leopard conservation. While impacts of resident livestock grazing has been documented, impact of migratory livestock grazing remains poorly understood and has been socio-politically contentious, being more often dealt through activism than science-based ecological evidence.
- Examining changes in and factors affecting distribution of snow leopard and its primary prey, bharal and ibex
- Evaluate effect of migratory livestock grazing on vegetation and relative abundance of wild-prey of snow leopard
- Assessing underlying drivers of changes and future directions in migratory grazing practices