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Researcher Decode Wild Snow Leopard’s Diet

As a naturally elusive creature, it is notoriously difficult for researchers to find the clues they need to understand the life of the mysterious snow leopard. But this summer our field team made a remarkable breakthrough, and uncovered the composition of a wild snow leopards diet. This information is imperative to understanding how dependent snow leopards are on domestic livestock, and exactly what wild species they prefer.

After visiting over 150 fresh prey remains throughout Mongolia over the period of a year, it was found that over 60% of animals successfully hunted by snow leopards were ibex. Other prey include domestic goat, argali, sheep, horse and camel, but this evidence of a strong preference for ibex will be shared with local herders to help develop methods for increasing wild ibex populations while better protecting domestic livestock herds.

 

Dr. Mukesh K. Chalise says:

Exciting news ! Congratulation for findings and sharing the news !

I have also found in Nepal, SL found to hunt Himalayan Thar and other animals besides Blue Sheep. Still many think that blue sheep presence of indication of SL. However, in Langtang nobody reported blue sheep live but SL is there in a few number. They depend on available resources for survival. Animal choose the diet as per availability of food items, no thumb rule for everywhere (Chalise, 2000, Kyes & Chalise 2005).

October 10, 2011, 8:53 pm

awesome says:

i think i culd adopt another snow leopard to my collectin of 26 because this info moves me so much! +.+

June 14, 2012, 11:48 am

Commenter says:

how many nutrients such as vitamins and minerals do snow leopards need?

April 6, 2013, 10:18 am

A thank you says:

Thanks for the info. I am gonna use some of it in a poster that I need to do about an endangered species! Thanks again!

June 11, 2013, 10:56 am

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