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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 …

Just how cool are these cameras

Here are some facts for you about the trap cameras we are using: they take pictures every 1/2 second they have a four-month battery life (supposedly, have not run out yet) their flash cards each have a 15,ooo picture capacity In addition, the GPS radio collars are really great too. We are receiving about 60% …

Ashley Sights His First Snow Leopard

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… First of all, perfume works great as attractant [the team is trying to catch a female snow leopard since so far they only have collared males]. Downside …