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Hampster invasions and other problems

It seems hampsters–yes, those cute little critters you find in pet stores–are native to Mongolia and they are invading the yurts at our base camp. Another problem, this one not quite so cute: gas prices have gone up by 30% and are now equivalent to around $5 (US) /gallon. This is a real challenge considering snow …

Title, Snow leopards 2 (maybe 3) – Researchers 0

Orjan is a Swedish PhD student who bought a one-way ticket to Mongolia to work at the base camp of our long-term research project.  These are his adventures… Yesterday morning, Kim woke me up saying ” one of the snares has changed pulse.” “Really” I replied, a bit newly awake. “Yup” she replied and left …

First GPS Collar Placed

Orjan is a Swedish PhD student who bought a one-way ticket to Mongolia to work at the base camp of our long-term research project.  These are his adventures… [This is an excerpt from a longer article; some sections have been edited down or reordered. To read Orjan’s original letter, click HERE] We caught our first …

Breaking News: GPS Collar Placed on Snow Leopard “Aztai”

This just in from Tom and his team in Mongolia: “Aztai” is the first snow leopard to wear a GPS collar as part of our long-term ecological study. If you would like to hear it from Orjan’s perspective (Orjan is a Swedish PhD student who bought a one-way ticket to Mongolia), click HERE. In the …

The Challenges of Studying Snow Leopards

Tom, our lead researcher, describes the “pains” of field research in Mongolia. Snares have been set so that snow leopards can be captured and fitted with GPS radio collars. The team will do everything they can to make sure the snares are safe and do not harm snow leopard [to find out more, click HERE]. Part of …

Trap Camera Success

This week, a message came in via sattelite phone from Dr. Tom McCarthy, leader of our long-term research project in Mongolia. Right now, he is at our base camp, called Tserendeleg. Out there in the South Gobi, little things like and outhouse and electricity mean a lot . . .  Greetings from Camp Tserendeleg! Just a short update on life here …

Last day in civilization

Orjan is a Swedish PhD student who bought a one-way ticket to Mongolia to work at the base camp of our long-term research project.  These are his adventures… Tom and Kim arrived early yesterday and together with them, I left the hotel and moved into an apartment owned by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). We packed all …