Category Archives:
Research

 

Groundbreaking Snow Leopard Study Planned In India

Starting in 2014, the Snow Leopard Trust will partner with NCF India and the Himashal Pradesh Forest Department on a groundbreaking long-term snow leopard study in the Indian Himalayas. (more…)

Meet the Cats!

We’ve been tracking snow leopards with GPS collars as part of our long-term study in Mongolia for 4 years.

Aylagch

Young Aylagch

Our collaring expert, Örjan Johansson, has managed to fit collars on a total of 19 cats throughout the years – from veteran study pioneer Aztai to “supermom” Khashaa and her cub, Aylagch.

Now, you can get to know all of these unique cats we’ve been following and learn about their stories and what they’ve taught us in our new section,

“Meet the Cats”!

 

 

 

Örjan Johansson is a Ph.D. student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). He is the field scientist in our Long Term Ecological Study about snow leopards in South Gobi, Mongolia. Örjan’s groundbreaking research is generously supported by Nordens Ark Zoo in Bohuslän, Sweden, and by Kolmården Zoo, in Norrköping, Sweden.

This study is a joint project of the Snow Leopard Trust and Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation in cooperation with the Mongolia Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, and the Mongolia Academy of Sciences.

Welcome back, Devekh

Breaking news from our base camp in South Gobi! Field scientist Örjan Johansson called in earlier this week to report that he had successfully fitted a new GPS collar on Devekh, a large male snow leopard we had previously been following for a few months back in 2010, before his original collar dropped off. (more…)

Belling the Cat: Why Collars are Crucial

Find out why tracking snow leopards with GPS collars is an indispensable part of our efforts to save them – and how we try to minimize the impact the collaring has on the cats. (more…)

Crying Wolf?

How real are people’s perceptions of threats snow leopards and wolves pose to livestock?

 

A Snow Leopard in the Sun

Pretty Predator (Photo by Kulbhushan Suryawanshi)

Conflicts between snow leopards and herders are one of the major threats the cats are facing. But how do herding communities who live with snow leopards perceive the threat these cats and other predators like wolves pose to their livestock? And how closely do these perceptions reflect actual livestock losses? As our research team has discovered, these two sides of the same coin can sometimes be at considerable odds – with wolves getting the brunt of negative prejudice. (more…)