Snow leopard conservationist wins Whitley Award

Amodeo, Christian
July 2005
Geographical (Campion Interactive Publishing);Jul2005, Vol. 77 Issue 7, p11
This article reports on the receipt by Indian conservation scientist Charudutt Mishra of the Whitley Fund for Nature Gold Award in 2005. Mishra has been working to save the Himalayan snow leopards from extinction. Mishra also received £60,000 to help his cause. The other seven award winners, each of whom received £30,000, included a project to strengthen the recovery of Belize's 1,000-strong Antillean manatee population and a Colombian lawyer's initiative to implement a programme to save the country's endangered and useful plant species. Mishra won the overall award for setting up an insurance scheme among communities whose livestock are suffering predation from snow leopards in order to reduce the number killed in retaliation. No such killings have taken place in areas where the scheme is in place. At the awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society, Whitley Fund for Nature founder and chairman Edward Whitley commented on the success of Mishra's project, which reduced the numbers of snow leopards killed as a result of growing tensions between predators and local communities.


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