Darla Hillard


Darla Hillard on the trail - photo by Wendy Lama


Darla serves as the Snow Leopard Conservancy’s Education, Administration and Development Director. She was fundraiser and logistical organizer for Rodney’s original Nepal radio-tracking study, bringing more than a decade of administrative experience to the role. She co-wrote the June 1986 National Geographic article, followed by the book, Vanishing Tracks: Four Years Among the Snow Leopards of Nepal. She works with the Conservancy’s in-country staff and partners, focusing on rural school children in the snow leopard countries, and providing teacher-training and tools for teaching about the mountain web of life and the issues surrounding protection of snow leopards and their habitat. “On the Trail of Wild Snow Leopards,” one of two articles Darla has written for the widely-read Highlights for Children, was chosen Science Feature of 1994. She has also written for She has also written for Summit magazine, Travelers’ Tales: San Francisco, and Bay Nature magazine.