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…
Our first volunteer, Ashley Spearing arrived to Dalandzadgad when Kim and Namshur took off and he has kept me busy. Ashley is a British guy who has done snow leopard work in India, Nepal and Pakistan, he taught me some new stuff and we have been looking at scrapes, signs and traps for ten days. Four days ago we got a mail from Kim saying that Longtail (Bayartai) had been in the same place for two days. Aside from that, we had to reset two traps that had been tripped by foxes (we have the foxes on pictures), good thing is that there is a stop on the snares so the cable can’t close in enough to hold a fox foot.
Ashley left this morning, in three days Nadia will come here (it takes about three days to go to Dalandzadgad and back) and she will stay for two weeks, I think. So far everyone who has stayed in J.Tserendeleg Snow Leopard Camp [the official name of the base camp] has got to see a snow leopard.
Thanks everyone who has written on the blog, it warms a bit to feel that I am not completely alone out here in the desert, or mountains. To be honest, Friday [the camp cat] is lying in my lap, purring, so I don’t feel completely alone.
So far everyone who has stayed in J.Tserendeleg Snow Leopard Camp [the official name of the base camp] has got to see a snow leopard.