Earlier this month, various media outlets reported that snow leopards ‘may be more common than thought’. The articles were quoting a recently published book (1) on these endangered cats, in which a group of authors make the claim that the snow leopard population could be much higher than prevailing estimates suggest. We wish this were the case. Unfortunately, there is no reliable scientific evidence for this claim, and it is misleading and potentially damaging to conservation efforts.
With remote-sensor research cameras, our field teams are surveying snow leopard populations in key habitats in five of the cat’s range countries. While these cameras are very much a research tool, they also provide us with breathtaking images of the elusive snow leopard. We’re happy to share some of the very best pics from the last year or so!
Pakistani researchers take rare photos of the endangered snow leopard on the icy Hisper glacier in Central Karakoram National Park.
Press Release, April 14, 2016 – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / Seattle, WA