Meet the Cats

Meet all the cats we've followed over the years as part of our long-term study in Mongolia's South Gobi. Click on any cats you're interested in to learn more about their stories and what they've taught us.

Current Cats



Sex: Female | Family: Dagina

Agnes is a proud mom and grandma, fittingly named after our lead collaring expert Orjan Johansson's grandmother.

Ariun (Pure)

Sex: Male

Ariun is an adventurous spirit: His monthly home range of over 463 km2, which is more than 5 times the size of Manhattan, is by far the largest we've ever observed.

Ariunbeleg (Pure Spirit)

Sex: Female

For a long time, we referred to this cat as F9 - the ninth female in our study. After a while, we started to call her Shinejh, meaning "new mom" in Mongolian, because we kept seeing her with cubs. Now, one of our generous donors has officially named her Ariunbeleg, Mongolian for "Pure Spirit"

Dagina (Beautiful Princess)

Sex: Female | Family: Agnes

Dagina is Agnes' daughter and a mom herself. Our Mongolian team met her and her cub when they were taking two ministers on a tour of the Local Protected Area


Devekh (The movement of a falcon or phoenix taking off)

Sex: Male

When we first collared Devekh in 2010, he was a young adult, presumably still looking for his own home range. In 2013, he became part of our study once more, now a fully grown cat. He seems to have kept to his nomadic ways though.

Past Cats



Sex: Female

In May 2012, our research team found and filmed Anu and her cub in her den, a first in snow leopard science!

Aylagch (Traveler)

Sex: Male | Family: Khashaa

In April 2012, we were able to watch young Aylagch (or M9, as he was known back then) disperse from his mother, Khashaa.

Aztai (Lucky)

Sex: Male

Longest studied wild snow leopard in history, the first cat to wear a GPS collar. He tends to stay pretty calm during collarings, which has lead to collaring specialist Orjan Johansson calling him a "chill guy".

Bayartai (Good Bye / Everybody Happy)

Sex: Male

Bayartai (aka Longtail) was a big male, weighing about 45 kg. He was collared in September 2008 and killed by a herder while raiding livestock in December 2008.


Itgel (Hope)

Sex: Male

We met Itgel after he had been wounded by a local herder's wolf trap. We were able to equip him with a GPS collar and follow him for a few months while he appeared to recover from his injury.

Khashaa (Jade)

Sex: Female | Family: Aylagch

First known as Superman, then as Supermom, Khashaa has been one of the most intriguing cats we've followed.

Khavar (Spring / renewal)

Sex: Male

Initially collared as a young male in April 2010, Khavar dropped off our radar soon after, only to resurface a year later. He's been off the air since 2012, when his second collar dropped off.


Shonkhor (Falcon)

Sex: Male

Shonkhor was given his name because a pair of endangered Saker Falcons were nesting at the site of his GPS collar fitting - which was especially fitting, since Shonkhor was so young, and Falcons represent youth in Mongolian culture.

Lasya (Great Beauty)

Sex: Female

One of the first wild snow leopards ever whose cubs could be observed by scientists!

Saikhan (Beautiful)

Sex: Male

Beauty may lie in the eye of the beholder, but in the case of Saikhan ('Beautiful"), there is no argument whatsoever!

Suhder (Shadow)

Sex: Female

The first ever female snow leopard we managed to track, Suhder only wore her collar for a few days before slipping it over her head and disappearing.


Tsagaan (White)

Sex: Male

Tsagaan was collared twice, first in spring 2009, and then again in the fall of 2010. On the second occasion, a herder family living only a couple hundred feet from where he was caught witnessed the collaring!

Tenger (Sky)

Sex: Female | Family: Zaraa

Together with her Zaraa, her cub, Tenger was part of the first mother-daughter duo we were able to track simultaneously.

Zaraa (Hedgehog)

Sex: Female | Family: Tenger

Zaraa was the first young snow leopard we were able to observe dispersing from her mother, Tenger.

Meet all the cats we’ve followed over the years as part of our long-term study in Mongolia’s South Gobi. Click on any cats you’re interested in to learn more about their stories and what they’ve taught us.