Snow Leopard Cubs in Mongolian Den

The first known video of snow leopard cubs in a natal den in Mongolia's Tost Mountains filmed from a safe distance by Orjan Johansson, Panthera’s Snow Leopard Field Scientist and Ph.D. student.

The team of scientists, which included a veterinarian, entered the two dens (the first with two cubs, and the second containing one cub) while the mothers were away hunting. All three cubs were carefully weighed, measured, photographed and other details were recorded. Two of the cubs were fixed with tiny microchip ID tags (the size of a grain of rice) which were placed under their skin for future identification. The utmost care was taken in handling the animals to ensure they were not endangered, which was the top priority of the team at all times. In the following days, the team monitored the mothers’ locations to ensure that they returned to their dens and their cubs, which they successfully did.

Because of the snow leopard’s secretive and elusive nature, coupled with the extreme and treacherous landscape which they inhabit, dens have been extremely difficult to locate. This is a tremendous discovery and provides invaluable insight into the life story of the snow leopard.

See more photos and videos of these snow leopards and others - http://bit.ly/P3gLFI

Learn more about these snow leopards in Panthera's press release - http://bit.ly/MmXHhy

Learn more about Panthera's Snow Leopard Program - http://bit.ly/986xYd