The answer is at least 40!.
The Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) and their partners in Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) have just released photos of snow leopards captured by their remote camera traps in the Sarychat-Ertash Nature reserve in the mountains during November last year.
The Trust says “The goal of the planned survey is to come up with a robust estimate of the snow leopards population within specific landscapes in Kyrgyzstan, and to identify key areas for their protection. While there have been a few smaller, isolated camera studies in Kyrgyzstan before, this in an unprecedented effort in terms of scale. Thanks to the generosity of many partners and individual snow leopard supporters, we have managed to raise funds for a total of 40 research cameras; the absolute minimum for a robust study.”
As soon as snows recede in these rugged mountains the Snow Leopard Trust will launch the largest ever research camera survey on snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan. This is great timing as the country played a key role in initiating and hosting the first ever Global Snow Leopard Forum in the capital, Bishkek, last year.
We look forward to hearing more about the remaining snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan during the coming months and wish the project every success.
Read more and see the rest of the early photos at the SLT web site here.