In 2013, we’ve gotten hundreds of photos of wild snow leopards, taken in the field by remote-sensor research cameras. These pictures are crucial for our scientists, as they allow them to assess cat populations over time, as well as migrations of cats from one mountain range to the next. For most of us, they’re just stunning to look at.

Here are some of 2013’s highlights from the cat-walks of Central Asia!

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  1. @ Debbie Jones. I suppose you mean see one in the wild. But quite a few zoos exhibit them. If you are lucky enough (as I am) to live close to such a zoo, please take advantage of the opportunity to see these magnificent felines “up close and personal”.

  2. I too will never see a wild snow leopard… many do? But last week I visited the pair in the San Francisco Zoo and had a an up close and personal – and unexpected – experience with the female. She was making rounds of her large enclosure while I and a couple other rapt viewers watched. Suddenly she ran down the path that went past the large viewing window and sort of stood/jumped up and with both huge, fluffy fore paws slapped the window and then stood there looking straight into my eyes for several seconds. Electrifying seconds I might add. I was stunned, and admittedly frightened by the sudden movement, such that I was moved to tears. I will never forget it.

  3. I will see a snow leopard in the wild – but not for the next couple of years. First I would like to see a White Lion in the wild then I will see a snow leopard!!!

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