Following on from the previous post here is a video the soldiers at the Chinese Pakistan border took recently of a young snow leopard very close by. The cat stayed still for a long time and then went on to hunt a herd of ibex (small wild goats).
This photo is rare for a number of reasons. Firstly it shows a snow leopard in Xinjiang, China at over 5,000 metres. Secondly it is not a camera trap photo but one of a series taken by Chinese soldiers who were on patrol near the China – Pakistan border. They were able to film the cat from close up as it stayed motionless near a river and then chased ibex, a small wild goat and one of snow leopards favourite prey.
The big goal recently identified by the Global Snow Leopard Forum in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, is “Secure 20 by 2020” meaning all the 12 range countries that signed the Bishkek Declaration will now work together over the next 7 years to identify and secure at least 20 healthy populations of snow leopards across the cat’s […]
It is possible that a new fossil find is a skull of the ancestor of todays snow leopards. The oldest big cat fossils ever found – from a previously unknown species “similar to a snow leopard” – have been unearthed in the Himalayas. Pieces of skull of the newly-named Panthera blytheae have been dated between […]
As a followup to last month’s historic meeting in Bishkek Kyrgyz Republic, here is the full document of the declaration by all 12 snow leoaprd range countries to save the species and protect its environment. We, as leaders in the governments of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Kingdom of Bhutan, the People’s Republic of […]
President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev and officials representing 12 snow leopard range countries have endorsed an ambitious new global initiative conserve critical ecosystems in high-mountain landscapes inhabited by the iconic but endangered snow leopard. They were by conservationists from many NGO’s. “I deeply appreciate the fact that our initiative to organize a Global […]
An exciting world first for snow leopards is happening this month. On October 22-23, 2013, representatives of 12 snow leopard range countries and the international conservation community will gather in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic for the first ever Global Snow Leopard Forum. The Forum delegates will discuss urgent actions and a new global strategy to address […]
Nearly half of Tibetan monasteries share snow leopard habitat in the high mountains of the the Tibetan Plateau’s Sanjiangyuan region. A recent study by Panthera showed “Tibetan Buddhism considers the snow leopard and its habitats strictly sacred, and the monks patrol wild landscapes surrounding monasteries to enforce strict edicts against killing wildlife. Senior monks, including […]
Nepal has some of the most spectacular Himalayan snow leopard habitat and yesterday celebrated its seventh National Conservation Day with a theme —snow leopard conservation and a call to protect the Himalayas. President Ram Baran Yadav said the mountain ecosystem is under threat from the pervasive impacts of climate change. “It is heartening to see conservation […]
Awesome photo of a lone cat in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan from a camera trap photo which won Shannon Kachel of Panthera first prize in a camera trap photo competition by TrailCamPro. Shannon studies as a graduate student at the University of Delaware and leads a Panthera-funded study of snow leopards and trophy hunting […]
The mystical snow leopard lives in the most remote places on earth. Daily it faces a life and death struggle to avoid extinction.
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"For epochs to come the peaks will still pierce the lonely vistas, but when the last Snow Leopard has stalked among the crags a spark of life will have gone, turning the mountains into stones of silence."
George B. Schaller, “Stones of Silence- Journeys in the Himalaya” 1979.