Camera traps caught snow leopard catching flies in Altai
A funny camera trap video received by residents of the Kosh-Agachsky district of the Altai Republic. The camera was installed in the habitats of the snow leopard. In the footage, a snow leopard marks the ground near a tree, and then moves its head, following the flight of a fly. Irbis diligently leaves marks on the ground near the larch, and then tries to catch the annoying insect, playing with it. Large wide paws of the snow leopard are visible, which help the animal move on snow and stones, and a long tail-balancer when jumping over rocks
Snow leopard catching a fly
Since 2015, the project to involve residents of the Kosh-Agach district in the protection of the snow leopard has been implemented by the WWF and the Sailyugemsky National Park. In 2022, the villagers protect at least 13 snow leopards on an area of 200,000 hectares.
Since January 2022, project participants - local residents - have recorded at least seven snow leopards in the Argut River valley and six snow leopards on the South Chuisky ridge. A well-known female was filmed at night with two cubs, one of them sniffs the camera, because, like all cats, snow leopards are very curious, you can hear the cubs’ breathing. The dominant male Sailu defiles in front of the lens and then marks the stone. The photoe model of the Argut valley, the male Yunchi, captured again, like other previously unknown snow leopards.
Snow leopard of the Argut river valley
Female with two сubs
In total, five villagers in Altai, both experienced participants and newcomers from the villages of Argut, Dzhazator, Kosh-Agach, help nature conservationists: they find traces of the life of the snow leopard, install camera traps to calculate the number and condition of a rare predator, report violations encountered, remove loops and traps. Since January, project participants have received and experts have analyzed 6,973 photos and videos, of which 214 are footage of the snow leopard.