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Fashion and Dressing Tips for the Gobi

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… It’s getting cold. Or actually, the “microclimates” here differ a lot, making it extremely hard to dress correctly. The last nights have been between 7 and 12 …

What Bayad Taught Us About Protecting Snow Leopards in Pakistan

Bayad has really put into perspective how challenging it is to protect snow leopards. This map is rough, but explains best what snow leopards are facing:   The green circle shows a general outline of a Protected Area set aside, in part, for snow leopards. Definitely it’s an important region for Bayad–as you can see from the …

Hedgehogs in the Neighborhood

At base camp, we receive regular visits from hedgehogs. Some are friendly, some are standoffish, but none of them are afraid of humans. Some, like this one, will even sit on your lap. His name is Narantsetseg II, and he follows our more reserved hedgehog visitor, Narantsetseg I. Narantsetseg I was a grump. She stayed …

Have we confused anyone yet?

If you’ve been following this blog, you might think there are five–maybe even six–different snow leopards that are named so far: Aztai, Longtail, Eureka (our only girl so far), Bayartai, Uncle and Inquisitive. Well, there are actually only 4, but two go by two different names! Uncle and Aztai are the same cat, and Longtail …