Snow leopards in Wakhan: UNDP talks big cats and conservation on Mitra TV (Video)Oct 5, 2016
Snow leopards – the star attraction of Wakhan National Park – are coming home! Find out why on Mitra TV’s Good Morning with UNDP’s very own Farhad Zalmai.
Once feared to be extinct in Afghanistan, there are now as many as 140 snow leopards living in the Wakhan Corridor – maybe 25% of all snow leopards worldwide.
UNDP, NEPA, MAIL and WCS have joined hands to help enforce a national ban on hunting leopards and protect the countryside where they live.
We’ve also built corrals for domestic livestock so herders don’t feel they have to kill the leopards to keep their animals safe. And we’ve hired local people as rangers to track the big cats and patrol the park.
We’re also helping to set up a management system for the entire park area so this beautiful part of Afghanistan can be a haven for people and wildlife both.