Welcome back, Devekh

Breaking news from our base camp in South Gobi! Field scientist Örjan Johansson called in earlier this week to report that he had successfully fitted a new GPS collar on Devekh, a large male snow leopard we had previously been following for a few months back in 2010, before his original collar dropped off.


Devekh with his collar
Freshly collared, Devekh sets off

Devekh’s capture and collaring went smoothly, and the cat was safely released back into the wild with his new collar. When he was first captured and equipped with a collar in February 2010, Devekh had weighed just under 40 kg (around 88 lbs.) It looks like he has grown into quite an impressive cat since then, as Örjan, who is used to do some pretty heavy lifting, couldn’t even lift and weigh him on his own.

Devekh has been one of the more fascinating cats in our study. When he was first collared, he seemed to be in the process of dispersing; moving around a lot more than most cats we have followed. At the time his collar dropped off in the summer of 2010, he had yet to settle down and claim his home range. It will be fascinating to see in the coming months how his behavior has changed over these past years.

Devekh caught on a research camera
In 2012, Devekh was caught on one of our research cameras
Devekh in 2010
Devekh in 2010

Örjan Johansson is a Ph.D. student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). He is the field scientist in our Long Term Ecological Study about snow leopards in South Gobi, Mongolia. Örjan’s groundbreaking research is generously supported by Nordens Ark Zoo in Bohuslän, Sweden, and by Kolmården Zoo, in Norrköping, Sweden.


  1. Hej Örjan! Jag följer ditt arbete genom Snow Leopard Trusts newsletter och det är roligt att läsa om hur bra det går för dig där på andra sidan jorden. Grattis till att lyckas sätta nytt gps-halsband på Devekh! Han är en väldigt vacker ambassadör för sin ras.
    Hälsningar från Carina i Sverige

  2. Hej Örjan! Tack för att du finns. Allt du gör för detta sagodjur är fantastiskt! Tänk om man fick följa med på din resa. Var till Nordens ark i helgen för att se detta magiska djur. Tigerungarna var helt otroligt fina. Hela Nordens ark var strålande fint. Lycka till/Hälsar Louise Larsson Ekerö

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