Vanishing Treasures aims to better understand the impact of climate change on snow leopards, bengal tigers and on mountain gorillas to improve protection of these ever-diminishing species while supporting local mountain communities who live alongside them.

Vanishing Treasures - Snow Leopard, Bengal Tiger, Mountain Gorilla
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Snow Leopards and climate change

The snow leopard Panthera uncia is a large cat which inhabits high altitude, rugged mountain landscapes of Central and South Asia and feeds on mountain ungulates including the Asiatic ibex, argali sheep, blue sheep and a variety of other species.

Despite living in very remote regions, the snow leopard is now threatened by increasing human encroachment and the effects of climate change.

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Royal Bengal Tigers and climate change

The Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is one of the most endangered carnivores on the planet, with habitat loss, prey depletion and poaching being major causes of population decline.

These animals require large and intact habitat landscapes to support viable populations. Climate change threatens both the Bengal Tiger and local communities in these landscapes, including in the mountainous country of Bhutan.

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Mountain Gorillas and climate change

The mountain gorilla (G. b. beringei) is one of our closest relatives and shares 98% of its DNA with humans. About 1000 individuals now remain within two, isolated mountainous forest areas within the Central Albertine Rift of Eastern Africa.

A combination of ensnaring in ropes and wires, habitat loss and degradation, civil unrest, disease and now climate change threaten this iconic and critically Endangered mountain species.

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  • Local communities: Strengthening ownership and capacity for the management and use of wildlife, while improving livelihoods.
  • Wildlife managers: Strengthening capacity to apply climate-informed management of ecosystems
  • Country governments: Strengthening capacity for integrating climate-informed decision making into national policies and plans


Vanishing Treasures is working to ensuring that iconic species, habitats and mountain peoples are resilient to the effects of climate change now and into the future.


Tools & Methods

Pilot interventions

Dialogue & strengthened capacities of communities

Dialogue & strengthened capacities of communities

Policy uptake

Policy uptake

Incentives for long-term investment

Incentives for long-term investment