Trekking with Tom

Follow Tom's adventure through Tajikistan and India's snow leopard country.

During May and June of 2010, Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, traveled through Tajikistan and India – 2 of the 12 snow leopard range states – to gather ecological data on the regions’ snow leopard populations, build Panthera’s partnerships with local conservation organizations and local communities, and identify the key threats currently facing snow leopards as part of Panthera’s range-wide snow leopard conservation program. Tom documented his journey with a high-definition Flip video camera and digital camera, in order to bring you, our supporters, along into the field and share some of the work we are doing to protect snow leopards. We have pieced together Tom’s video clips, photos and stories from the field to bring you the “Trekking with Tom” blog series. Follow Tom's adventure through Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains and India’s Himalayas in search of the elusive “mountain ghost” and the conservation strategies Panthera must employ to protect this rare and endangered species.

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22 Aug

Panthera Kaplan Scholar Records Two New Species in Nepal


Two new species were recently recorded in Nepal for the first time by Panthera Kaplan scholar and PhD fellow, Madhu Chetri. Camera trap images captured in May and June of this year identified the Steppe polecat, a relative of the black-footed ferret, and the Tibetan or Himalayan wolf in Nepal’s Annapurna-Manaslu landscape – an area managed by Panthera’s partner, the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC).

Initiated in September 2013 by NTNC with the support of the Panthera Kaplan Graduate Awards, the USAID Hariyo Ban Program and Hedmark University College, Norway, this long-term ecological study is working to assess the conservation status of the endangered snow leopard and wolf in Nepal’s Annapurna-Manaslu landscape.

A wild snow leopard photographed in Nepal’s Annapurna-Manaslu region through a conservation study supported by the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Panthera’s Kaplan Graduate Awards, Hedmark University College, Norway and others.

As a Kaplan scholar, Chetri works closely with Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, on a study of snow leopard ecology in the Annapurna-Manaslu region. Chetri also serves as the Senior Conservation Officer of the National Trust for Nature Conservation and is a PhD fellow at Hedmark University College, Norway.

These new findings were announced at a NTNC press conference on Friday, August 22nd, attended by government officials, academia, conservation partners and others.

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Cameras for Cats

An important part of our work at Panthera is to use the best possible methods to identify where endangered cats live, to determine what is happening to their populations, and to mitigate threats to their survival.

Camera traps and GPS collars are both vital tools for our conservation efforts and the grid on the left shows recent images of three gorgeous snow leopard cubs that were taken by a camera trap at our study site in Mongolia.

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