When do snow leopards hunt their prey? When do they rest? While these questions may seem tangential to conservation, a better understanding of snow leopard activity patterns can help inform our conservation efforts to protect the species and prepare for any threats on the horizon. Read on to learn more about the days and nights in the life of a snow leopard.
Are Diseases a Potential New Threat for Wild Snow Leopards?
In the first study ever investigating disease threats to this highly vulnerable species, researchers detect exposure to infections that may pose a threat to wild snow leopards, as well as local people and their livestock.
New Research: Most Snow Leopard Population Studies Are Biased
Existing snow leopard population assessment studies tend to be conducted in the best habitats and cover areas that are too small to be representative of larger landscapes. This leads to inflated population estimates.
The Gobi Diaries, Part III: Following in the Cats’ Footsteps
After a week of intense preparations, a calmer routine settles over snow leopard research camp in Tost, Mongolia.
Snow Leopard Distribution Maps Don’t Always Show True Picture
Study finds that snow leopards only use three quarters of the presumed snow leopard habitat in Himachal Pradesh, India, raising questions about the way we map the cat’s distribution.
A Wild Snow Leopard Encounter
A curious snow leopard decides to inspect a camera trap set up by researchers to monitor and study these endangered cats.
Tracking the Mountain Ghost
For almost a decade, Swedish researcher Örjan Johansson has studied the elusive snow leopards of the Gobi Desert. His pioneering work includes equipping 23 individual snow leopards with GPS collars, and publishing groundbreaking papers on how these cats use their habitat or how frequently they kill prey. Last month, Örjan defended the PhD thesis he wrote on this research. In this article, he shares some thoughts about his unique work and what motivates him to do it.
Wild Snow Leopard Cubs Found in Den
Researchers from the Snow Leopard Trust have been able to locate and examine a pair of wild snow leopard cubs in their den in Mongolia. The discovery will help experts better understand and ultimately protect the endangered cat.
Stunning Snow Leopard Photos from Kyrgyzstan
Hidden camera traps help researchers count snow leopards and provide the rest of us with spectacular glimpses of the world’s most elusive big cat!
Pilot Survey Reveals Rich Biodiversity in Kinnaur, India
India team finds snow leopards and a healthy population of prey in a stretch of the Himalayas that hadn’t been surveyed before. Camera trap images also reveal brown bears, leopard cats, jungle cats and macaques.