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The Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) engages local people in a discussion of their needs and ideas on how to live harmoniously with snow leopards. SLC builds upon traditional beliefs and empowers communities to benefit economically by maintaining a balanced ecosystem for the snow leopard. Employment, education and alternative-income projects, such as tourist homestay lodging, are the cornerstone of SLC’s success.

Founded by Dr. Rodney Jackson and Darla Hillard in 2010, after 20 years of field research and consulting, SLC has become a model organization for snow leopard conservation throughout Central Asia.

Visit our website for more detailed descriptions of our programs, staff, and of course, enthralling stories from the field.



Our Team

With almost thirty years of experience in the field, Dr. Rodney Jackson is the leading expert on snow leopards and their habitat. He received the 1981 Rolex Award for Enterprise for his groundbreaking radio-tracking study of snow leopards in Nepal. He was the first to radio collar a snow leopard in the wild and pioneered the standardization of snow leopard tracking methods.

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Darla Hillard serves as the Snow Leopard Conservancy’s Education, Administration and Development Director. She was fundraiser and logistical organizer for Rodney’s original Nepal radio-tracking study, bringing more than a decade of administrative experience to the role. She co-wrote the June 1986 National Geographic article, followed by the book, Vanishing Tracks: Four Years Among the Snow Leopards of Nepal. She works with the Conservancy’s in-country staff and partners, focusing on rural school children in the snow leopard countries, and providing teacher-training and tools for teaching about the mountain web of life and the issues surrounding protection of snow leopards and their habitat.

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