A team of snow leopard researchers in the Annapurna Area Conservation Project (ACAP) got pictures of a very rare cat, the Pallas cat, when they looked at results from 11 remote camera traps set out at over 4000 metres in the beautiful Himalayan region of the Annapurna.
Bikram Shrestha, the Coordinator of Snow Leopard Conservancy Project and Sudip Adhikari, ACAP Manang Area Office Chief along with conservationist Tasi R Ghale found the new animal while conducting vital research on snow leopards in this region.
This is the first time that the rare cat has been found in Nepal. The finding was made public during a press conference today at ACAP’s headquarters in Pohkara in western Nepal.
The Pallas cat is found in Mongolia, Tajakistan and Afghanistan, among other countries. It feeds on very small animals and insects like mice, spiders and insects. It gets to only about 4 kg in weight compared to snow leopards which are between 35 and 50 kg.
Congratulations to the team for this rare find, it is a wonderful piece of work. And good luck with continuing snow leopard work in this part of Nepal.