The Pamir mountains of Tajikistan have been known since Victorian times as the “Roof of the World”. Epitomizing that image, the snow leopard in this camera trap photo surveys his realm from the lofty peaks of the Pamirs. It was enough to catch the eye of voters in the TrailCamPro.com camera trap photo contest, where the picture won Shannon Kachel 1st place in the International category. Today, Shannon studies as a graduate student at the University of Delaware and leads a Panthera-funded study of snow leopards and trophy hunting of their prey in the Pamirs. Congratulations Shannon!
Read more about Panthera’s snow leopard conservation efforts in Tajikistan and elsewhere.