The Snow Leoaprd Trust is annoucing the collaring of a 4th snow leopard in Mongolia. To read Orjan’s post about the event, click here.
Our team just placed a GPS radio collar on a 4th snow leopard. This is a cat we have never seen before on our remote cameras, bringing the number of snow leopards using our study area to nine! The new cat has been named Shonkhor, which means “falcon” in Mongolian. A pair of endangered Saker Falcons were nesting at the site where he was collared. In addition, falcons are a symbol of youth in Mongolia, and Shonkhor appears to be a young cat: Orjan describes him as “quite small,” weighing a little less than 70 lbs (~35kg).
If it is true that Shonkhor is indeed a youngster, it will provide the Trust with an unprecedented opportunity to learn how the movements of younger cats compare with those of adults, and how cubs establish their home ranges. This information has never been documented before, but is key to understanding how snow leopards use their habitat so that we can design programs and policies to ensure their survival. Check out the category “Mongolia: Following Orjan” to read more details, straight from the man who did all the work.