Snow Leopard

09 Apr

Where Science and the Human Element Collide

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While snow leopards are extremely rare and are seldom seen in the wild (only 3,500-7,000 exist), local people who share their home with this big cat consider it to be one of the major threats to their livelihoods, by killing and feeding off livestock, including cattle, goats, and other domesticated animals. One of the biggest threats to snow leopards is retaliatory killing by people who have lost livestock. And often times, their fears may be real. A survey conducted in four regions of Mongolia revealed that 14% of livestock owners admitted to hunting snow leopards as retribution for loss of their livestock [*1]. A separate study found that 38% of the total livestock losses in Ladakh, India could be attributed to snow leopards [*2].

27 Jan

CNN, BBC and Other Major News Outlets Feature Panthera’s Video of a Snow Leopard Stealing a Camera Trap in Tajikistan

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Panthera and Fauna and Flora International’s video of a snow leopard cub stealing a camera trap in Tajikistan was recently posted on a number of major news outlets’ websites, including CNN, BBC, Daily Mail, The Huffington Post,

24 Jan

An Unexpected Camera Trap Thief in Tajikistan (Caught on Camera!)

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It’s no secret that big cats, just like their distant cousin, the domestic house cat, are characteristically curious, particularly when it comes to Panthera’s camera traps. Wild cats and other wildlife are naturally intrigued (and sometimes even spooked) when they pass through camera traps’ infrared sensors and trigger flashes of light, or spot the glowing, red light emitted by some of Panthera’s camera trap models. Most of the time, these cats react by taking a closer, quizzical look at the camera traps, and sometimes they sniff, paw and even ‘mark’ or spray Panthera’s camera traps to identify their territories.

14 Oct

Curious Cats Caught on Camera

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In March, Panthera’s snow leopard scientists placed 20 camera traps throughout Mongolia’s rugged Tost Mountains in hopes of capturing new data that would inform Panthera’s snow leopard conservation initiatives. Today, we are excited to share a number of our ‘best of’ Spring camera trap photos.

Although the snow leopard has been given the nickname of ‘Asia’s Mountain Ghost,’ Panthera’s scientists captured many images of not-so-shy snow leopards demonstrating their characteristic cat curiosity by examining the camera traps with their eyes, noses, and tongues.

Watch the camera trap videos of these snow leopards in action.

13 Oct

Oct. 13-19: Re-airing of ‘A Voice for the Animals’ Featuring Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz

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Now through Wednesday, October 19th, Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz’s interview on American Public Radio’s On Being program (formerly the Speaking of Faith program) will re-air across the country on over 240 public radio stations. Download the interview podcast or stream it to hear Dr.

11 Oct

Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

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Panthera is proud to share that Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Conservation at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  This award recognizes Dr. Rabinowitz’s decades of tireless work to survey the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats for some of the world’s most endangered mammals – including tigers and jaguars.

23 Sep

Camera Trap Video: Snow Leopard Mother and Cubs in South Gobi, Mongolia

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Panthera's snow leopard scientists have just retrieved this video of a snow leopard mother and her two cubs investigating a camera trap in the Tost Mountains of South Gobi, Mongolia. Based on the size of the cubs, our scientists estimate that they were at least born in the spring of 2010. Our scientists hope to collar these snow leopards in the coming months to learn more about their habitat use, breeding habits, survival, interactions with local human communities, and other valuable data.

19 Sep

September 19, 2011 – Wild Cat Conservation News

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In order to provide Panthera’s community of wild cat enthusiasts with the most comprehensive and up to date news about issues and events within the wild cat conservation field, we are launching a new, daily ‘Wild Cat Conservation News’ blog series. Each day, we will aggregate and share a summary of the most relevant and breaking news impacting the 37 species of wild cats around the world.

26 Jul

Panthera Featured in New York Times: 'A Forbidding Kingdom of Snow Leopards'

Panthera / Snow Leopard Trust

The New York Times has just released an article entitled A Forbidding Kingdom of Snow Leopards that features Panthera's conservation initiatives (specifically in Mongolia where Panthera works with the Snow Leopard Trust) to protect the snow leopard.     

25 Jul

WCS Takes First Camera Trap Images of Snow Leopards in Afghanistan

Camera trap image of snow leopard 2009

Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have captured the first camera trap images of snow leopards in the mountainous region of northeastern Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor, as reported by the Environment News Service.  These images serve as a sign of hope for the endangered snow leopard in Afghanistan and throughout Asia, where they are currently estimated to number between 3,500-7,000.