Candid cats: Snow leopards pose unwittingly for cameras

By Daqiong and Palden Nyima | | Updated: 2022-05-13 17:24
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Local herders and survey personnel place infrared cameras in Nagchu, Tibet autonomous region. [Photo provided to]

Images captured in places around Nagchu, Tibet autonomous region, indicate that the city is a stable home for snow leopards, the city's forestry and grassland bureau said.

The rare big cats are protected at the highest level in China.

Starting at the end of 2021, the bureau and the ShanShui Conservation Center have been investigating to understand the distribution and population density of snow leopards in Nagchu, an important area for the animals.

Over the last few months, 143 infrared cameras were placed in high-density areas for snow leopards in the city's 11 counties and one district. The cats have been recorded some 100 times.

Local forest patrol officers and herders have been trained as ecological monitors and managers so they can identify snow leopard habitat and use various equipment, said Zhao Xiang, director of the center.

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