Snow Leopard

13 Aug

Photo of the Day

Steve Winter/National Geographic

Our photo of the day shows a snow leopard walking in the mountains of Ladakh, India. This image, taken with a camera trap set by Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, captures the stealth of this big cat. With their camouflaged pelts and elusive nature, snow leopards are known to locals as mountain ghosts - rarely seen phantoms that are often only identifiable by their tracks frozen in the snow.

Learn more about the snow leopard.

Learn more about Panthera's Snow Leopard Program.

02 Aug

Photo of the Day

Panthera/SLT (S. Manetti)

Our photo of the day features the 19th snow leopard collared through the Panthera-SLT study in Mongolia, who is estimated to be 6-8 years old!

Check back for updates on her activities & learn about Panthera's Snow Leopard Conservation Program.

Read answers to common questions about GPS collars, a critical research tool used to better conserve the Endangered snow leopard.

02 Aug

Snow Leopard: Stories from the Roof of the World Book Release with Contributions from Panthera’s Snow Leopard Scientists


On July 30th, the University Press of Colorado published a new book entitled Snow Leopard: Stories from the Roof of the World, featuring contributions from Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, and Panthera’s Snow Leopard Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, based on their decades of snow leopard conservation research.

27 Jul

Panthera Featured on CBS 'This Morning' News Program - Saturday, July 28, 7am EST


Tune in to CBS This Morning news program Saturday at 7am EST to see coverage of Panthera's and SLT's first ever findings of snow leopard dens with mothers and cubs from our Mongolia project.

This Morning airs at 7am EST but check local listings for exact air times.

*Update: The CBS segment featuring Panthera’s snow leopard videos has been postponed. Check back with us for updates on the airing and thank you for your support!

12 Jul

Press Release: First Ever Videos Of Snow Leopard Mother And Cubs In Dens Recorded In Mongolia


Unprecedented Footage Provides Glimpse into the World of Young Snow Leopards

New York, NY - For the first time, the den sites of two female snow leopards and their cubs have been located in Mongolia's Tost Mountains, with the first known videos taken of a mother and cubs, located and recorded by scientists from Panthera, a wild cat conservation organization, and the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT).

Watch the videos and view a photo gallery.

26 Jun

Canon’s Short Film, ‘Man and Beast,’ Portrays the Life of Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz


Canon recently released a short film entitled ‘Man and Beast’ that portrays the life of Panthera’s CEO and wild cat expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, including why he has devoted his career to saving the world’s wild cats. Produced with a new and technologically advanced Canon Cinema EOS camera, the ten minute beautifully shot film features a powerful depiction of Dr. Rabinowitz’s childhood, during which he was faced with a debilitating stutter and sought solace in speaking to animals, that also had no voice. The film then moves on to portray Dr. Rabinowitz’s young adult life when he dedicated his career to saving and giving a voice to animals.

Watch the film here.

27 Apr

Video from the Field: Unruly Snow Leopard Cubs in Pakistan


Today, as many as 400 snow leopards are believed to exist across the two northernmost provinces of Pakistan, and recently, scientists from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF), whom Panthera partners with in the country, were lucky enough to capture two of these extremely elusive cats on camera. After retrieving digital images from camera traps set up in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, the researchers were amused to find a series of photos showing a snow leopard cub sniffing and then upending an SLF camera trap!

09 Apr

Where Science and the Human Element Collide


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


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!)


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.