Data from camera traps and GPS collars show endangered snow leopards dispersing to distant mountain ranges across stretches of deserted steppe, swimming across streams and rivers considered impossible to cross, and freely passing country borders.
A curious snow leopard decides to inspect a camera trap set up by researchers to monitor and study these endangered cats.
The snow leopard is under threat of extinction. But a local grassroots organization in Mongolia is showing a possible path toward the future for this endangered cat.
For almost a decade, Swedish researcher Örjan Johansson has studied the elusive snow leopards of the Gobi Desert. His pioneering work includes equipping 23 individual snow leopards with GPS collars, and publishing groundbreaking papers on how these cats use their habitat or how frequently they kill prey. Last month, Örjan defended the PhD thesis he wrote on this research. In this article, he shares some thoughts about his unique work and what motivates him to do it.
Örjan Johansson’s groundbreaking work on the snow leopard’s biology and behavior has led to novel insights into the spatial needs, predation patterns, and reproduction cycle of this elusive cat. Now, after 8 years of field work, collaring 23 individual snow leopards and spending more than 1,000 nights in the Gobi Desert, this pioneering scientist has received his PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
The Snow Leopard Trust has received a lot of questions from media, supporters and the interested public about the IUCN’s decision to change the snow leopard’s status on the Red List of Threatened Species from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers around this controversial decision.
The Snow Leopard Trust, one the leading conservation organizations working to protect this cat, opposes the IUCN’s decision to change the snow leopard’s Red List status from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’.
We’re all about the snow leopard, but that doesn’t mean we can’t occasionally celebrate other felines as well… especially if they pose for pictures for us, like these rare Pallas’s Cats in Mongolia’s Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.
Researchers from the Snow Leopard Trust have been able to locate and examine a pair of wild snow leopard cubs in their den in Mongolia. The discovery will help experts better understand and ultimately protect the endangered cat.
With deep sorrow, the Snow Leopard Trust and Snow Leopard Foundation Pakistan have learned of a road accident that occurred on the morning of August 01, 2017 near Askole in Shigar Valley, Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP), Pakistan.