The Ambassador of the Himalaya (true stories)
The vastness of the Himalaya, uncompromisingly
dominated by mountains and sky, relentlessly test
the mettle of its people, thereby shaping human lives
to tune with nature. When situations surpassed the
tolerant level, there were rare incidents of snow leopard
killed in retaliation such as the unfortunate incident of
1992 and the carcass parading along the village street.
Such acts have become passé, since 1992, with the advent and
success of the National Trust for Nature Conservation’s
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
Today with the implementation of hundreds of
conservation classes, environmental awareness
campaigns, home visits, group discussions, and
numerous integrated conservation and development
programs by ACAP, Mustang is now a haven for the
elusive snow leopards and other globally significant
species such as brown bear and Tibetan argali.
Since 2000, Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC),
US-based non-profit organization dedicated to snow
leopard conservation, joined hands with ACAP to
support programs such as predator proof
corrals and community-based education and
awareness. The joint camera-trapping monitoring
venture has captured, recently, images of these
majestic cats. As their population increases, herders’
likelihood of encountering them also mounts.
The present snow leopard story booklet "The Ambassador
of the Himalaya" is the verdict of such wonderful
encounters that have become once-in-a-lifetime
experience for those lucky enough to have sighted one
of the finest of nature, the snow leopard.It compiles exceptional
experiences of herdsmen from Upper Mustang. The stories
depict human-snow leopard conflicts in the plateau on Snow leopards,
recently, self-captured, 2011 one hand and, on the other hand,
recount multiple occurrences of loss and havoc people
have suffered in high hills and the village of the upper Mustang,
where rampaging snow leopards are in rife with the livestock.