Justine is the Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Network and a Conservation Scientist conducting field research to save the snow leopard as part of the Snow Leopard Trust. She works closely with national partners and local communities in over five countries to protect the snow leopards and their habitats.
Justine will continue to strengthen local conservation efforts for snow leopards and build networks to support conservation practitioners across the entire snow leopard range.
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Justine Shanti Alexander
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It's estimated that there are less than 7000 snow leopards left in the wild and they face major threats; climate change, unregulated mining, poaching, and loss of prey and habitat. The snow leopard represents hope for the high mountain areas of Central and South Asia. By saving snow leopards SLT are also saving what is known as the world's third pole and giving support to communities living in these areas.
Justine is a Conservation Scientist working as the Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Network and as the Regional Ecologist for the Snow Leopard Trust.
Justine and SLT believe that the key to snow leopard conservation is coexistence with the humans sharing their 1.8 million km2 range.
They believe targeted and science driven conservation efforts can make a difference for snow leopards and support people living in snow leopard habitats.
Their programs work with local communities to address the major threats to snow leopards. These include programs such as livestock insurance, vaccination, alternative livelihoods promotion and education programs.
They work with all snow leopard range governments to train law enforcement officials, protected area rangers and local community members to safeguard snow leopards.
They have launched education programs to inspire a future generation of conservationists.
Conducts extensive research on snow leopards and their prey to strengthen their conservation efforts.
Justine and SLT have been a strategic partner with the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), which is a program adopted by all 12 snow leopard range countries, to secure at least 20 snow leopards “landscapes” by 2020, so far 23 have been identified.
Collected invaluable data on snow leopard population, ecology and relation with prey and humans.
Saved countless snow leopards through comprehensive and broad community conservation initiatives.
In 2019 the Snow Leopard Trust partnered with over 6000 herder communities. They helped over 60 communities maintain 117 predator-proof corrals & insure 13,950 livestock.
Snow Leopard Trust confirmed that at least five female snow leopards in Tost Mongolia gave birth to 12 cubs in 2019. Among those mothers are 11-year-old Anu and Dagina, the oldest known wild snow leopards to give birth in the world. Such unprecedented scientific information is revolutionizing their understanding of snow leopard ecology and conservation.
Justine and the SLT has been a strategic partner for the initiative PAWS, which aims to produce a robust estimate of the threatened cat’s global population. Justine and the PAWS team supported the joint effort to assess the distribution of snow leopards across the entire country of Mongolia in 2019.
Justine is on a mission to save snow leopards by promoting their coexistence with humans across high altitude settings and bringing the latest science to bear on snow leopard conservation.