How to Get a Girl (snow leopard)

Orjan is a Swedish PhD student who bought a one-way ticket to Mongolia to work at the base camp of our long-term research project.  These are his adventures…

After the hectic days in late March with snow leopards behind every rock and cords being chewed off [our equipment] and Tsagaan Sar holiday [New Year], we have had some pretty relaxed days now. Tsagaan Sar was very interesting, we went to Midgi and Oyuna and some herders and ate some very good food and drank some very good stuff like fermented camel milk and some other not so good stuff that I don’t know what it was.

We are trying to find a new area to deploy our cameras, but it’s not as easy as you may think. Everyone is telling me to fit a female snow leopard with a GPS collar. Honestly, I’m a dirty, bearded Swede living in a tent in the Gobi desert, I’m not exactly David Beckham, what do I know of attracting females?

We have already tried perfume to attract snow leopards and nice looking rocks, didn’t work. Geir [a visiting colleague] claims that the snow leopards probably have a mating central somewhere and if we only find it, our luck will be done. Maybe he’s right, it’s just we don’t know what a snow leopard mating central looks like…

All suggestions are welcome.


  1. Although I have no suggestions, nor do I know why the good looking rocks didnt work, I have the utmost faith you will figure out a solution!! Good Luck and stay warm 🙂

  2. The best section for latest news is our “Beleive it or Not” category. If you want specific news about cub births–then there is that seperate category. Maybe I’ll change “Beleive it or Not” to “Latest News”–let me know what you think.

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