Studying the Snow Leopard: Reconceptualizing Conservation Across the China-India Border
School of Liberal Arts
BJHS Themes (British Journal for the History of Science)
The snow leopard is a highly charismatic megafauna that elicits admiration, concern and donations from individuals and NGOs in the West. In its home territories, however, it is a threat to local communities' livestock and a potential source of income for its pelt and parts. Conservation and study are further challenged by its range; snow leopards traverse the borders separating China, India and ten other countries with long histories of tension with each other as well as internal political and economic struggles. This transnational animal provides an ideal case study for the consideration of transnational conservation science in the recent past.
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Lewis, M., Songster, E. E. “Studying the Snow Leopard: Reconceptualizing Conservation Across the China-India Border.” British Journal for the History of Science BJHS. Themes Vol. 1 (2016) 169-198. https://doi.org/10.1017/bjt.2016.8
Lewis, Michael and Songster, Elena. Studying the Snow Leopard: Reconceptualizing Conservation Across the China-India Border (2016). BJHS Themes (British Journal for the History of Science). 1, 169-198. 10.1017/bjt.2016.8 [article]. https://digitalcommons.stmarys-ca.edu/school-liberal-arts-faculty-works/76