The R.W. Moriarty Science Seminars: “Snow Leopards of Central Asia: Conservation & Research in Partnership with Local Communities” with Jan Janecka, PhD
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Noon–1 p.m.
Jan Janecka, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Duquesne University
The snow leopard is among the least studied of the big cats because it occurs in remote mountainous habitat in Central Asia and much of its range is in developing countries fraught with political and civil unrest. The threats to this species include lack of stable prey populations, overgrazing by livestock, direct killing for the illegal wildlife trade or in retaliation to depredation, and environmental degradation as a result of mineral extraction. The future of snow leopards is dependent on science-based conservation actions and monitoring that is done in partnership with local communities conducted in parallel with research activities, then modified based on research findings to increase their effectiveness. The primary goal is to promote science-based adaptive conservation programs in Central Asia that partners with local communities and governments for implementation and monitoring.
Free with admission to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History