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Snow Leopard Trust Updates

 

Our Sock Competition is Underway!

Calling all creative knitters!

The Snow Leopard Trust is having a sock pattern contest that starts July 20th, and we want to see your socks! We are looking for the perfect sock pattern to use with the camel wool yarn we make through Snow Leopard Enterprises. We are offering an awesome prize package to the very best submission, and to the runner-up!

The rules:

The Perks:

  • You could be credited with the creation of the Snow Leopard Trust’s sock pattern forever
  • You could win an awesome prize package that includes the Peace Fibers book, Theo Chocolates 6 bar gift set, 4 free skeins of your favorite color yarn, and so much more! (There is a prize package for the runner-up as well, for more details click here.)

Simply send your submission to the address below, and we’ll notify you when we choose our winner in early October. Visit our yarn shop to get started!

Snow Leopard Trust
Attn: Gina Robertson
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N Suite 325
Seattle, WA 98103

Photos of Wild Snow Leopard Cubs!

The photos and video from Anu and Lasya’s den sites are in! We have never before encountered wild snow leopard cubs, and we are thrilled to share our experience with you. You can check out our YouTube channel to see live footage of the den visits!

Additional details on the event can be found here.

This long-term snow leopard study in Mongolia’s South Gobi is a joint project with Snow Leopard Trust, Snow Leopard Conservation Fund, and Panthera, and is in cooperation with the Mongolia Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism and the Mongolia Academy of Sciences.

Lasya's Den Site and Two Cubs

 

Lasya's Two Cubs are Just Weeks Old

A Close-Up of One of Lasya's Tiny Cubs

Anu's Den was Partially Manmade

Anu's Tiny Cub

M9 Is All Grown Up

We are excited to report that M9 dispersed from his mother Khashaa in mid-April!

The only other snow leopard we have known during dispersal was Zaraa, who left her mother Tenger in February of last year. A few weeks after M9 went off on his own, field researcher Orjan located his first big kill, a 5 year old female ibex. He ate for six days, and since that time has been seen on two additional kill sites. The young snow leopard is doing great! (more…)

No ‘Littles’ in the Gobi

Orjan Johansson is our snow leopard collaring expert currently living at the research base camp in the South Gobi of Mongolia. Life is harsh in mountain ranges where snow leopards are found, and Orjan shares his experience:

As we were eating breakfast a couple of days ago it struck me that there are no ‘littles’ here. There is never “a little wind” or “a little hot”. Two days before this realization, it was an exceptionally hot day with a blazing sun. I was wearing a light shirt and still sweated heavily. But the day after, it was so cold that I had to dig out the long-johns and woolen cap again. This morning the wind blew so hard that the ger itself moved, and motor-biking would involve a substantial risk if caught in a crosswind.

For the past 50 days, I have had company more or less 24/7. The visitors have been great, but it is a little tiring to constantly have people that are dependent on me in camp. But the alternative is to be alone here, which I have been for the last three days after the visitors departed. Alone in the Gobi means living without another human being in sight. So I’m not ‘a little alone’. I’m totally alone.

Since my brother installed the microprocessors, our trap surveillance system has worked perfect! That is, it worked perfect until a few hours after my assistant and Charu left camp, then it broke down… With excellent help from my brother I have isolated the problem, a small amplifier broke. It is a common part found in most stores that sell electronic supplies and it costs a couple of dollars. Unfortunately, there are simply no electronic stores here. So I must again get up every third hour and climb the mountain to manually listen to the trap transmitters. I would love to be just ‘a little tired’ and ‘a little luckier’.

New Snow Leopard Given a Name

On April 18th, our field researcher extraordinaire Orjan once again successfully captured a healthy snow leopard. We are excited to see where this cat’s home range is located and what size area he patrols.

The special opportunity of naming this cat – the 10th male to be part of the study – was auctioned off at our Fall Event. The winner is a board member of the Snow Leopard Trust, and he has chosen to name the cat in honor of his granddaughter Catalina, who was born late last year. The Greek origin of the name Catalina means “Pure” and this new snow leopard will be named after the Mongolian translation. We are proud to welcome “Ariun” into our study in honor of Catalina and her family.

Thanks to Orjan for his 36th safe capture of a snow leopard and to Catalina, who now has a beautiful namesake roaming the mountains of Mongolia.

Photo of Ariun Courtesy of the Snow Leopard Trust/ Panthera