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Snow Leopard Caught on Camera After Catching Marmot

Photo credit: Snow Leopard Trust/Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan/State agency on environmental protection and forestry under the government of the  Kyrgyz Republic/Woodland Park Zoo
Photo credit: Snow Leopard Trust/Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan/State agency on environmental protection and forestry under the government of the  Kyrgyz Republic/Woodland Park Zoo

 

By Matt Fiechter, Snow Leopard Trust

A remote-sensor research camera snapped a photo of a wild snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan’s Sarychat Ertash Nature Reserve shortly after the cat had caught a marmot. 

During the short mountain summer, these rodents add some diversity to the snow leopard’s diet.

The Seattle-based Snow Leopard Trust and the Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan have deployed more than 30 trap cameras in Sarychat Ertash in order estimate how many of these endangered cats remain in this remote mountain outpost.

Through innovative programs, effective partnerships, and the latest science, the Snow Leopard Trust is saving the magnificent snow leopard and improving the lives of people who live in the snow leopard countries of Central Asia.

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  • Trishna Dutta

    Hi,

    Great sequence! I’m curious to know what happens between 9:44:50 when the SL is going to hunt and 10:15:17 when she comes back with the marmot. Should be pretty exciting to see that sequence if she was still in frame!

  • Trishna Dutta

    Hi,

    Great sequence! I’m curious to know what happens between 9:44:50 when the SL is going to hunt and 10:15:17 when she comes back with the marmot. Should be pretty exciting to see that sequence if she was still in frame!

  • Gajanan

    Great capture, Is not so easy to install a camera trap for snow leopard, as per my knowledge …

  • Gajanan

    Great capture, Is not so easy to install a camera trap for snow leopard, as per my knowledge …

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