Amazing Wild Snow Leopard Photos

With remote-sensor research cameras, our field teams are surveying snow leopard populations in key habitats in five of the cat’s range countries. While these cameras are very much a research tool, they also provide us with breathtaking images of the elusive snow leopard. We’re happy to share some of the very best pics from the last year or so!

Two young snow leopards in Pakistan's Central Karakoram National Park. Photo by SLF Pakistan / SLT
Two young snow leopards in Pakistan’s Central Karakoram National Park. Photo by SLF Pakistan / SLT

 

A new dawn in Tost, Mongolia. Photo by SLCF Mongolia / SLT
A new dawn in Tost, Mongolia. Photo by SLCF Mongolia / SLT

 

A snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan's Sarychat Ertash reserve is marking its territory. Photo by SLF Kyrgyzstan / SLT
A snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan’s Sarychat Ertash reserve is marking its territory. Photo by SLF Kyrgyzstan / SLT

 

The majestic Indian Himalayas are a perfect backdrop for the 'Ghost of the Mountain'. Photo by NCF / SLT
The majestic Indian Himalayas are a perfect backdrop for the ‘Ghost of the Mountain’. Photo by NCF / SLT
A snow leopard courtship - a rare picture from China. Photo by Shan Shui / SLT / Panthera
A snow leopard courtship – a rare picture from China. Photo by Shan Shui / SLT / Panthera

 

Crouching Leopard
Crouching Leopard, Hidden Camera. Pictured in Pakistan. Photo by SLF Pakistan / SLT

 

This narrow passage between two big rocks is the snow leopard equivalent of New York City's Holland Tunnel - frequent traffic jams! Photo by SLCF / SLT
This narrow passage between two big rocks is the snow leopard equivalent of New York City’s Holland Tunnel – frequent traffic jams! Photo by SLCF / SLT
A snow leopard mother and her two cubs in Kyrgyzstan. Photo by SLF Kyrgyzstan / SLT
A snow leopard mother and her two cubs in Kyrgyzstan. Photo by SLF Kyrgyzstan / SLT
Two young snow leopards in India's Spiti valley are marking their range. Photo by NCF / SLT
Two young snow leopards in India’s Spiti valley are marking their range. Photo by NCF / SLT
A magnificent cat in magnificent scenery, in Angsai, China. Photo by Shan Shui / SLT / Panthera
A magnificent cat in magnificent scenery, in Angsai, China. Photo by Shan Shui / SLT / Panthera

 

In total, less than 5% of the global snow leopard range have been surveyed with research cameras, so we still have far too little solid information on snow leopard populations the really assess how the cats are doing. More cameras (and camera studies) are urgently needed to start filling in the many gaps.

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13 Comments

  1. I fear with these cameras that hunters will come and kill for greed. These are magnificent souls and they have the right to live in peace and freedom. And not to be hunted by humans. I pray this will not happen.

  2. I am also concerned the more photos of these amazing and gorgeous snow leopards are seen, the more likely they will be poached. I read the Snow Leopard decades ago, and there were so few photos of these elusive creatures. I am so grateful for the conservation work Snow Leopard Trust is doing ~ thank you.

  3. Thanks for your comments, and for voicing your concerns.

    The threat of poaching is very real, and the true extent of it is largely unknown. Unfortunately, potential poachers are usually very aware of where snow leopards live, and it’s not all that difficult for anyone with the ability to read and identify snow leopard signs (scratch marks, tracks, etc.) to figure out where a cat is likely to pass through eventually. From that perspective, these photos don’t provide any new information to potential poachers.

    Thanks!
    Matt, SLT Communications Manager

  4. These photos are almost as breath taking as the actual cats they depict. I realize too, that poaching is a danger for them, but I also believe when people SEE these animals in their glory there’s a good possibility they become just as amazed and ‘in love’ with them as we are. At least I know there are great people out there doing the much needed ground work to keep these animals alive and hopefully safe. They are without question the most beautiful mountain climbing cat ever. I am a fervent big cat lover and photos of snow leopards raises my spirits. I thank God for them and the Snow Leopard Trust for all their hard, dangerous work. God Bless you all!

  5. These are incredible photos! You could sell them to raise money for SLT and/or offer them to Natural Partnership partners to sell/auction at fundraisers with revenues dedicated to SLT.

  6. What amazing photos. Thank you for sharing them. And thank you to all those out in the field for working so hard to protect the beautiful Ghost of the Mountains.

  7. I love all cats. Domestic and wild. I will pray for the protection of these spotted babies and their protectors. I am surprised and happy that so many countries can work together in peace to save these beautiful Snow Leopards.

  8. Thank you for working hard to protect these magnificent cats. Hopefully no more Snow Leopards get turned into rugs like the pictures I’ve seen online!!!!

  9. These are truly amazing and awe-inspiring pictures of these incredible animals. So heartening to see. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do. I fervently hope that these beautiful cats will survive the next several generation of humans. As the human population grows to over 9 billion people, it will be increasingly difficult to keep these places intact. We need to retain huge areas of unfragmented habitat where humans are infrequently seen for animals like this to survive, which is what SLT is working towards. Thank you.

  10. I used to think the Siberian Tiger was the most beautiful cat I’d ever seen, until I saw a photograph of a Snow Leopard

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