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Here are the papers about the first snow leopard survey conducted in Bhutan and published in 2016: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313244178_National_Snow_Leopard_Survey_of_Bhutan_-_Phase_I_Sign_and_Prey_Base_Survey https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313244299_National_Snow_Leopard_Survey_of_Bhutan_-_Phase_II_Camera_Trap_Survey_for_Population_Estimation This is very exciting! There is also a WWF publication about the specific survey conducted in Wangchuk Centenial National Park, Bhutan's largest protected area located in the North of the himalayan kingdom: http://d2ouvy59p0dg6k.cloudfront.net/downloads/wwf_sl_report_05_10_2016_super_final_compressed_1.pdf
Bhutan is a little known country enclaved between India and Tibet. This small himalayan nation has a strong comitment to conserve its natural heritage. 70% of its territory is currently covered by forests, the goal to maintain a cover on 60% of its territory was written in its constitution. 51% of Bhutan land is covered by protected areas. It is home by more than 100 tigers, some of them located at 4200 masl. The first snow leopard nation census ever made in the world was led in Bhutan in 2016, resulting in an estimated 100 snow leopards for the country. The country comited to increase the snow leopard population by 2022 and even fixed a goal to increase its tiger population by 20% by 2022. To ensure sustainability of this heritage, it can rely on nationional and external funds. And it decided to elaborate a transitional fund that woud supply the gap in its funding to ensure all the activities needed to achieve its goals. Here are the Bhutan for Life project website and prospectus: http://www.bfl.org.bt/ http://www.bfl.org.bt/resources/BFL_Prospectus.pdf
Tom Kellie posted a topic in Research / scientific papershttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/269338498_A_survey_of_livestock_losses_caused_by_Asiatic_wild_dogs_leopards_and_tigers_and_of_the_impact_of_predation_on_the_livelihood_of_farmers_in_Bhutan ~ This December, 2014 research article from Wildlife Research concerns a 2006 to 2010 survey in Bhutan's Punakha District of livestock predation attributed to dhole, tiger and leopard populations. It was found that dhole predation was much more significant than attacks by tigers or leopards. However, dhole predation was primarily outside of villages or protected farm plots, being in forested areas.
Bhutan will soon announce the results of its tiger census on Global Tiger Day (July 29th), a mid-point on the path leading to the goal to double the global tiger population (Tx2 commitment). http://tigers.panda.org/bhutan/meet-bhutan/ I have the idea we will receive good news! Bhutan hosts tigers living over 4000 meters, the highest ever observed on earth. There is a documentary on youtube showing the Panthera expedition to confirm the rumors.
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