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Hero snow leopard mother with four cubs pictured in Mongolia 

12 November 2019

Congratulations to WWF Mongolia and wildlife photographer for capturing images of this unique family.

This picture was taken by a local wildlife photographer, explorer and tour guide Otgonbayar Baatargal


The snow leopard with four healthy looking cubs was noticed by Mongolian shepherds who co-operate with local WWF in an effort to study and protect the endangered cat. 

This brilliant image was taken by a team member of WWF Mongolia, who told The Siberian Times: ‘The mountain where we saw the four cubs is several hundred miles away from Mongolia’s border with Russia.

'The four cubs were observed from a safe distance as they played, slept and stretched under the sun while mother was away hunting.’

Hero snow leopard mother with four cubs pictured in Mongolia 


Hero snow leopard mother with four cubs pictured in Mongolia 

Snow leopards normally bear one or two cubs, rarely three. Picture: WWF Mongolia


Another picture was taken by a local wildlife photographer, explorer and tour guide Otgonbayar Baatargal, who was lucky to catch the moment of the mother resting with the cubs.

Snow leopards normally bear one or two cubs, rarely three. 

To see a mother with four cubs, and to be able to watch them relaxing in natural habitat was a true gift, said specialists of Mongolian WWF. 

Hero snow leopard mother with four cubs pictured in Mongolia 


Hero snow leopard mother with four cubs pictured in Mongolia 


Hero snow leopard mother with four cubs pictured in Mongolia 
Wildlife photographer, explorer and tour guide Otgonbayar Baatargal was lucky to catch the moment of the mother resting with the cubs. Pictures: Otgonbayar Baatarga


This is the second confirmed case of a snow leopard having such a big litter.

The first one was recorded by WWF Mongolia’s photo traps in September 2016. 

Comments (19)

This is fabulous news. Must be undisturbed habitat and plenty of food.
Sherry Hazelwood , America
13/11/2019 01:43
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Local shepherds working alongside conservationists is always good news
Lee rutlwdge, Grand prairie tx
13/11/2019 01:38
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The pictures are outstanding. Thank you so much for capturing these beautiful photos of this beautiful mother Snow Leopard and her adorable Cubs.
Cyndy Price, Ocean View Delaware United States of America
12/11/2019 23:10
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Bayar hurgeye, Otgonbayar Baatarga! Such a good mama, please pet them cuddly fluff for me :-)
Irbis, USA
12/11/2019 22:53
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