On the 25th April the ninth snow leopard was collared in the Trust’s ongoing Mongolia study. He’s a male, weighing 34 kg and Orjan, the Swedish researcher working with the team thinks he’s about 2 years old. The new male is currently called M8 – a very unromantic research name – but he’ll be given a more appropriate name soon to join his fellow cats with interesting names like Saikhan, Tsagaan, Devekh, Shonkor and Aztai.
The SLT team is now following six wild snow leopards using GPS radio collars in this mountainous region of the Gobi in Mongolia. Read all about this amazing study and the behaviour of the cats (and researchers) at the SLT base camp in Mongolia on the SLT Blog.