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First-ever pictures of snow leopards on the Ukok plateau

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 November 2017

Scientists hopes confirmed about endangered rare cats living in one of the Altai Mountains most stunning plateaus.

Automatic cameras have never before been set at the Ukok plateau. Picture: Saylyugem Nature Reserve

Camera traps in the hardly-accessible area have shown a wildlife bonanza on a first expedition dedicated to snow leopard this summer. 

Automatic cameras have never before been set at the Ukok plateau. 

A horse back expedition was sent to ten traps around the mountains to collect data cards. 

Ukok snow leopards


Ukok snow leopards

One registered a proud mother leopard with two cubs. Picture: Saylyugem Nature Reserve

One registered a proud mother leopard with two cubs. 

'Excitement and waiting for a wonder to happen, this is what we felt when going though each of the data cards. The summer expedition to the plateau did notice some traces implying snow leopards might be living there.

Snow leopard


Snow leopard


Snow leopard

Seeing a mother leopard with two cubs give good hope that with the group of snow leopards at the Ukok will expand. Pictures: Saylyugem Nature Reserve, WWF Russia

'Now we know it for sure after seeing a mother leopard with two cubs. They are about half a year old,' said Alexey Kuzhlekov, a member of Saylyugem Nature Reserve. 

Seeing a mother with two cubs give good hope that with a proper protection system the group of snow leopards at the Ukok will expand, rangers say. 

Expedition


Expedition


Expedition


Expedition


Expedition

Camera traps in the hardly-accessible area have shown a wildlife bonanza on a first expedition dedicated to snow leopard this summer. Pictures: WWF Russia

According to the latest count, Russia has from 70 to 90 snow leopards in the wild, with information about 50 of them confirmed by camera traps.

About 30 snow leopards live in the Altai Mountains. 

Comments (1)

Very good news.

We see them regularly on the cameratraps we check together with our guests in the Altai mountains, every time a great experience to see videos like that on your screen :D
jaap van der kooij, Netherlands
03/11/2017 13:46
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