One of the goals of our long-term study in the South Gobi is to be able to observe snow leopards over several generations and to gain insights into reproduction and survival rates. Meeting this cub again after a long winter is a sign of hope for the region’s snow leopards. What makes this encounter particularly exciting is the fact that this young cat represents the third generation of snow leopards we’ve been able to study in Mongolia! Its mother, Dagina, is the daughter of Agnes, one of the female cats we’ve been tracking with GPS collars. While Dagina has been successfully raising her offspring, Grandma Agnes gave birth to another cub herself this spring – so the family keeps growing! Dagina’s cub hasn’t been officially named yet (we only name the cats we manage to collar), but we’ll come up with a nickname to refer to it by in the meantime!
Great news from Mongolia: a tiny cub our team encountered last year has grown into a handsome young adult! We were able to identify the cub in a recent research camera photo, accompanied by its mother, Dagina.