Dr. Rodney Jackson has devoted nearly 35 years of his life to protecting the iconic cat of central Asian mountains, the snow leopard. Arguably the world's foremost snow leopard expert, Dr. Jackson has developed relationships with a myriad of people throughout the cats' range with the goal of empowering them, the local people, to protect these magnificent creatures with whom their lives are so entwined. As a child growing up in South Africa, young Rodney Jackson knew he would someday work to protect wildlife. What he didn't imagine then was that seeing a picture in a magazine of poached snow leopard pelts would change his life forever and he would end up immersing himself in an undertaking that would find him working in the highest mountains of the world, sometimes trekking for several days just to reach his research area. Nor did he imagine his work would one day be endorsed by the Dalai Lama, or that he would be the recipient of a Rolex Award for Enterprise resulting in a cover story in National Geographic Magazine. Come hear about the amazing travels, science and discoveries of one of the world's leading Snow leopard researchers.
Dr. Rodney Jackson is the leading expert on wild snow leopards and their high-mountain habitat. SLC has grown out of Rodney’s thirty years’ experience gained in working closely with rural herders and farmers whose lives are directly impacted when snow leopards prey upon their livestock.Upon receiving a 1981 Rolex Award for Enterprise, Rodney launched a pioneering radio-tracking study of snow leopards in the remote mountains of the Nepalese Himalaya. The four-year study led to the cover story in the June 1986 National Geographic. In addition, the June, 2008 issue of National Geographic featured Rodney’s work with the Snow Leopard Conservancy India.