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The Wanderings of Tsetsen the Snow Leopard

Since this spring, we’ve been following Tsetsen, a male snow leopard in Mongolia’s Tost Mountains, with a GPS collar. He’s the 20th cat we’ve tracked in our ongoing long-term study on the snow leopard’s ecology and behavior. His latest location data reveals just how extensive (and, presumably, exhausting) a snow leopard’s wanderings across its home range can be.

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Understanding the Mysterious Pallas’ Cat

The Snow Leopard Trust has been surveying Mongolia’s Tost mountains with remote-sensor research cameras for many years in order to monitor the area’s snow leopard population. These cameras have also taken hundreds of photos of other species that share the same habitat, such as the Pallas’ cat – a small feline that is as elusive as the snow leopard, but even less well understood. We are excited to now share and analyze this valuable data in collaboration with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, and Sweden’s Nordens Ark Zoo.

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Anu’s Tale – From Little Cub to Proud Mother of Triplets

Using remote-sensor research cameras and GPS tracking collars, Snow Leopard Trust researchers have been able to follow and observe a young female snow leopard named Anu over the course of four years as she grew up, dispersed from her mother and later had cubs herself twice in her mountain habitat in Mongolia’s South Gobi. The latest photos show Anu followed by three small cubs. Her tale is a powerful sign of hope for the endangered cat species.

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Copycat? Collared Snow Leopard Tsetsen Mimics Predecessor

GPS location data show a Mongolian snow leopard tracing the paw marks of another male cat that used to live in the same mountain range.

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Is There Enough Wild Prey for Tost’s Cats?

Snow Leopard Trust scientists count ibex and argali in Mongolia’s Tost Mountains. Their numbers appear stable – and just sufficient for now to sustain the area’s snow leopard population. But it’s a fragile balance.

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