Four years ago, we’ve set up camp in Mongolia’s South Gobi to start the world’s first comprehensive, long-term study of snow leopard’s ecology, habitat and behavior. As we look ahead to the next chapter in this groundbreaking research endeavor, we also want to share 7 amazing facts from the past 4 years with you.
1. Thanks to your support, we’ve collared and tracked a total of 19 snow leopards in the South Gobi in the last 4 years.
2. Our GPS collars recorded over 18,000 individual snow leopard locations, the most detailed snow leopard distribution data ever assembled.
3. From this data, our scientists have calculated that the most avid wanderer among “our” cats, Ariun, has a monthly home range of over 463 km2, which is more than 5 times the size of Manhattan…
4. Our study area sometimes resembles a nursery: In 2012: we’ve been able to confirm the existence of six new snow leopard cubs through a preliminary review of research camera data and from sightings!
5. We’ve documented weight, size and sex of three newborn cubs, another “first” in snow leopard science!
6. Thanks to the data from our study, local communities have managed to secure greater environmental protection for a 6,500 sq km region in the Tost mountains, 2/3 the size of Yellowstone National Park.
7. More than a dozen grad students from Mongolia and many other countries have advanced their academic careers while taking part in the long-term study.