Snow leopards are losing their natural habitat and hunting grounds, which leads them to seek out human livestock as a food source. Since farmers depend heavily on their livestock, snow leopards are often killed in retaliation or even pre-emptively because of the perceived threat.
Snow leopards are also poached for their fur and bones, which are a source of income for people living in rural areas.
You can help eliminate the pressures of poaching by not buying real fur or bone products. You can also visit the ZooShop to purchase handicrafts from Snow Leopard Trust, which will provide additional income to women living in rural areas near snow leopards.
Seneca Park Zoo partners with organizations like Snow Leopard Trust (SLT), a group that aims to protect snow leopards through community-based conservation projects.
Red panda populations have declined by 50% in just 20 years. The primary threat they face is habitat loss caused by climate change and deforestation. Poaching and the illegal pet trade are also rising threats toward red pandas.
You can help stop climate change by reducing your carbon emissions. Turning off the lights when not in use, carpooling, and recycling are easy ways to make a difference.
The Zoo partners with organizations like Red Panda Network (RPN), which is committed to the conservation of red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities.