Because it is becoming increasingly difficult for snow leopards to hunt their natural prey (e.g., blue sheep or Himalayan rabbits), they are increasingly forced to prey on the cattle kept by local village communities.
In order to increase awareness among locals, there are various projects, such as the program "Humans and Snow Leopards - Coexistence in the Nar Valley" developed by NABU and Wageningen University. This program aims to find strategies for a peaceful coexistence between snow leopards and humans.
"The Snow Leopard" is a work of poetry with beautiful descriptions and comparisons. The author is confronted with his past, the recent death of his mother, and his present life. He compares modern times with the time around 15,000 B.C. and questions our role as humans on a planet that we are relentlessly destroying. It is also a pleasure to read about sightings of blue sheep, wild yaks, and wolves who notice the author and linger briefly, gifting their observer tremendously valuable and unforgettable moments.
Sylvain Tesson is a writer who loves to travel. He was awarded the Prix Goncourt de la nouvelle for his travel writing and essays, and most recently the Prix Renaudot for "The Snow Leopard."
The photographs of Tibetan fauna taken by Vincent Munier during his many visits to the Tibetan plateau were published in 2019 in the photo book "Zwischen Fels und Eis" by Knesebeck Verlag (with poems by Sylvain Tesson).
"The Snow Leopard" is available in stores and can also be viewed at the TIR library upon prior notice during opening hours, where reading and workstations are available. Recent additions to the TIR library are introduced in the TIR library newsletter.