2014's Best Snow Leopard Photos

Thanks to a growing number of research cameras, our scientists are gaining more and more insights into the elusive snow leopard’s hidden life in the remote mountains. Here are some of the best photos they managed to take in 2014!

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Soaking up the sun, near Di Qing, China. Photo: Shan Shui Conservation Center / SLT / Panthera

 

a lone hunter stalking a Himalayan peak. Spiti, India. Photo by NCF India.
a lone hunter stalking a Himalayan peak. Spiti, India. Photo by NCF India / SLT

 

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A crisp January day in Sarychat-Ertash Nature Reserve, Kyrgyz Republic. Photo: SLF Kyrgyzstan / SLT

 

Family frolicking - pictured in Nemegt, Mongolia. Photo: SLCF Mongolia
Family frolicking – pictured in Nemegt, Mongolia. Photo: SLCF Mongolia / SLT

 

a starry winter night near Yunta, China
a starry winter night near Yunta, China. Photo: Shan Shui Conservation Center / SLT / Panthera

 

a mother and cub in the mountains around Spiti Valley, India. Photo by NCF India
a mother and cub in the mountains around Spiti Valley, India. Photo by NCF India / SLT

 

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icy slopes and icy temperatures in Sarychat Ertash (Kyrgyz Republic) – no problem for this cool cat! photo: SLF Kyrgyzstan / SLT

 

 

 

Here’s to a Happy 2015 – with even more awesome pictures of your favorite big kitties!

 

 

23 Comments

  1. Such beautiful and magnificent souls. I pray poachers will not go to these locations are kill them. We need every one we can get in this world. Thank you for sharing his with us.

  2. Simply fantastic pictures. Snow Leopards are simply one of the most beautiful of all God’s creatures…these pix are amazing!!

  3. A priceless collection of photos of these beautiful cats. May 2015 be a year of renewed dedication to their survival and wellbeing. Not least of all, their precious existence adds greater value to our own.

  4. They are fantastic I only wish with all my heart that I was there to photograph these beautiful cats. I hope you all have a great year and good things come to you all and god bless you all

    From the heart all my aroha to you.
    Penny C.Maich

  5. Snow leopards are my favorite cats. They have a beauty and uniqueness to them that the other cat families lack. Thank you for the striking pictures.

  6. Mesmerizing images of these elusive leopards! They are so gorgeous! Thanks for your passion and commitment for protecting these amazing almost mythical creatures.

  7. I collect Snow Leopard photos, artwork, etc., to display in my home. Early 2014 I spoke to a member of your staff about the possibility of a book featuring a compilation of work by your various photographers. Was told such a book was in the works. Is this project still going forward? Am such I am not the only fan who would like to own such a book.

  8. I saw a wild documentary on scientists studying the snow leopards. It was not only educational, but a true awe-inspiring view into the lives of these animals. Love the photos!

  9. I AM 8. I LIKE SNOW LEOPARDS. I ADOPTED ONE FOR CHRISTMAS!!! THANK YOU FOR THESE COOL PICTURES! SINCERELY NINA ROSE STEPHANIE HALL

  10. I love the photos. I have a painting of a snow leopard that was done off of a picture from the artist’s daughter. She snapped a picture in Nepal and gave him the picture and he painted it…and I have the painting. They are such beautiful cats. Thank you for sharing these lovely and shy creatures.

  11. Absolutely stunning photos. I was not aware that the snow leopard has such a wide spread habitat – Ladakh ( India), China, Mongolia, Kyrgizistan . Long live the lovely wild cat

  12. It is such an elusive animal. Hundreds of thousands visit Ladakh each year , but never spot a snow leopard in the wild. The only one I have seen was in the Nainital High Altitude Zoo.

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