WildChina On-Air: Snow Leopard Conservation in China (Event #81)

WildChina On-Air: Snow Leopard Conservation in China (Event #81)

WildChina On-Air: Snow Leopard Conservation in China (Event #81)

With Dr. Justine Shanti Alexander and Terry Townshend

China is home to the largest number of wild snow leopards in the world. The current snow leopard population in China is estimated between 2,000-2,500 and organizations like Snow Leopard Trust and Shan Shui Conservation Center are leading the efforts in pushing conservation efforts forward.

For this event we’ll be speaking with leading snow leopard conservation experts, Dr. Justine Shanti Alexander and Terry Townshend, to hear about the ongoing efforts in China to save these endangered cats.


Snow Leopard Conservation

Dr. Justine Shanti Alexander

Executive Director, Snow Leopard Network 

Justine Shanti Alexander is the Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Network and the Regional Ecologist for the Snow Leopard Trust. Through the Network she has brought a focus on capacity sharing and building links between conservationists on the ground and scientists across the snow leopard range and globally. She supports snow leopard research and community conservation work across China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and India. She also provides technical and coordination support to the Population Assessment of the World’s Snow Leopards (PAWS). She has a particular interest in supporting and promoting the position of women in conservation. She holds a PhD in snow leopard population assessments from Beijing Forestry University and a MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London.


Snow Leopard Conservation

Terry Townsend

Fellow, Paulson Institute 

Terry Townshend is a Beijing-based consultant on climate change and biodiversity.  He founded Birding Beijing to celebrate the birds and other wildlife of China’s capital city and set up citizen science projects to track the migrations of the Beijing Swift and the Beijing Cuckoo, both of which were found to migrate to Southern Africa for the winter, attracting significant media coverage.  In 2016, in partnership with Shan Shui Conservation Center, he devised and helped set up a community-based wildlife watching project with yak herders on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.  He is a Fellow of the Paulson Institute and serves on the Global Advisory Group of BirdLife International, the largest conservation partnership in the world.

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2021 Jul 16


9:00 am - 10:00 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 2021 Jul 15
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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  • Mei Zhang
    Mei Zhang
    Founder and CEO of WildChina

    Mei Zhang is the founder and CEO of WildChina. Under her leadership, WildChina flourished from a small Hutong operation into an award-winning business. Mei’s own expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards, including Travel and Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist, and Wendy Perrin’s #WOW List of Travel Experts. Mei is an Aspen Institute China Fellow and currently serves as a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board.