Large Carnivore-Livestock Conflict in Wakhan, Afghanistan

Zalmai Moheb

University of Massachusetts Amherst

I started my career as wildlife biologist in 2006 when I first joined Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Afghanistan Program. I received my Master’s Degree in Wildlife Science from India in 2009 after which I rejoined WCS and served in different positions. I have worked on different species, e.g., snow leopard, Persian leopard, and their prey in Afghanistan. I have also served as member of Afghanistan Wildlife Executive Committee. I received Fulbright PhD Scholarship in 2015 and I am currently perusing with my degree at University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. My research focus is to study the explanatory factors of snow leopard depredation, prey-predator relationships, and the impact of livestock management on mitigating human-wildlife conflict in the Wakhan National Park in northeastern Afghanistan. My future goals are to train more people and build a conservation network that could serve in the field of wildlife and environmental conservation throughout the country.


Wakhan National Park (WNP) in northeastern Afghanistan is among the areas where large carnivores such as the endangered snow leopard (Panthera uncia) and the more common wolf (Canis lupus) conflict with local communities; they... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Zalmai Moheb (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  2. Todd Fuller (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  3. Peter Zahler (Wildlife Conservation Society)
  4. Heidi Kretser (Wildlife Conservation Society)
  5. Naqibullah Mostafawi (Wildlife Conservation Society)

Topic Area

Topics: Human-Wildlife Conflict


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