The result of Snow leopard field survey is released in Mongolia
Mongolia released the results of its first nationwide Snow Leopard survey, showing that there are 953 (806 – 1127) of these adult big cats inhabiting about 328,900 square km area of Altai, Sayan, Khangai Mountain ranges in Mongolia. This is the first innovative methods and covering a large area of field study of snow leopard in the world. And the study confirms that Mongolia has become the second largest snow leopard population in the world.
WWF-Mongolia and other partner organizations, with support from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism Mongolia successfully completed the large-scale study to determine the current range and the population size of snow leopard in Mongolia. During the 3 years of field survey, 15 snow leopards were collared, and 1,475 camera traps deployed at 29 mountains which provided photographic evidence of the elusive big cats across the habitat, confirming their presence.
One of the most elusive cats on the planet, known as “ghost of the mountains” the snow leopard is just found in the remote high mountains of central Asian 12 countries, including Mongolia. A high mountain predator, magnificent snow leopards, living in the snowy mountains and keeping their home healthy. Named as the third pole, the central Asian snowy mountains keep the third largest clear water resource of our planet, where the snow leopards live. They are the true guardians, sadly just about 6,000 snow leopards left in wild.
It is not that easy to find this well camouflaged cat in it wild habitat. Also it must be not that easy to complete this large-scale study. Really appreciate the great job which professionals made it successfully.
We, the Ayan Travel has also been contributing the snow leopard conservation with our photography projects which aim to raise awareness of this beautiful cat to the locals and the world. Learn more about the snow leopard and our remarkably successful trip to photograph it in West Mongolia. Please visit here Photography of Snow Leopard in Mongolia’s Wild West. If you would like to join us to this campaign, please feel free to contact us and we are open to the further cooperation.