Bhutan is a small Himalayan country that covers only 0.03 percent of the world’s surface—yet is home to 30 percent of the world’s wild cat species. How is this possible?
Bhutan’s diversity of habitats, from subtropical jungles in the south to snow-clad mountains in the north, offer a unique environment for these wild cats to thrive. But in a region with rapid development and modernization, natural biodiversity is not enough to ensure survival for wild cat species. For years, Bhutan has made conservation a priority. Its constitution mandates at least 60 percent forest cover . . . forever. Forward-thinking leadership, Buddhist ethics, sustainable resource use, and support from conservationists around the world make Bhutan a beacon of hope for these wild cats.
Today, support the Bhutan Foundation conduct critical research to help these wild cats thrive in Bhutan. With your support, researchers and wildlife biologists at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for the Conservation and Environment will be able to carry about important research to provide important data to protect these wild cats.
Here are some CAT STATS:
37 wild cat species globally
11 wild cat species in Bhutan
30% of all wild cat species are in Bhutan
<3,200 tigers globally
11 countries in Asia home to all remaining tigers
93% of global historic range for tigers lost
<6,000 snow leopards globally
12 countries are home to all remaining snow leopards
15% of global historic range for snow leopards lost
52% of Bhutan’s protected areas and biological corridors are home to 11 wild cat species
1 country where tigers and snow leopards share the same landscape: Bhutan
Here is how you can support these wild cats:
$100: One set of hiking books for our wildlife biologist (We need 25)
$250: Accessories needed for one camera trap station (We need 25)
$500: One camera to set up a camera trap station (We need 50)
$1000: One camera trap station with two cameras (We need 25)
$2500: One GPS radio collar for wildcat research (We need 5)
$5000: 20 sets of field gear for field staff and wildlife biologist needed to conduct wildcat research (We need 20 sets)