The mission of the SnowLeopard@home project is to support the conservation of endangered felids by helping private owners to take part in captive breeding.
Our species of choice is the snow leopard, but we might consider expanding our project to other species at a later stage. Learn more about species selection
We do not endorse the purchase of unsuitable animals (e. g. lion or tiger cubs) from disreputable breeders for keeping as “pets”. We do, however, endorse and support educated and responsible private owners who wish to take part in captive conservation by keeping a non-domestic felid. Since there are many more potential private owners than there are potential places in zoos or breeding centers, their involvement offers enormous potential for captive conservation efforts.
Our main goal is to create a comprehensive program which covers all aspects and deals with all challenges of private ownership. This will enable serious and responsible individuals to privately keep a large cat, even if they do not have a formal degree or work experience in this field.
The biggest challenge of our project is that most people who seriously want to keep a large cat would like to do so for contact first, and for conservation second. Any conservation project designed to involve private owners needs to take this into account.
In order to facilitate this, we will develop a comprehensive training and evaluation system for both animals and prospective owners. This system will enable safe contact between the animal and humans and ensure the well-being of the animal. In order to make sure that the methods we develop will be helpful for captive conservation efforts, we will publish information about every aspect of our work.
Another important goal of our project is education of the public. By achieving high publicity of our web and social media projects and by offering encounters with our animal ambassadors, we will both raise awareness for conservation projects and improve the public acceptance of private large cat ownership.
All these steps will form a program which allows everyone who is suitable and responsible to take part in captive felid conservation as a private owner. This will result in a win-win situation for the individual animals that will enjoy excellent keeping conditions, the captive conservation of the species due to the massively increased keeping capacity, and last but not least for private owners who will be able to fulfill their dream of keeping a large cat.