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