New snow leopard captured on the Yuzhno-Chuisky ridge
Two passages of the same snow leopard were recorded on video by automatic motion-sensing cameras in October and December last year in the places of the Yuzhno-Chuysky ridge, where employees of the Sailyugemsky National Park reached with a check only in the summer. The trails were inaccessible for several months due to deep snow.
In the October video, a snow leopard passes in front of the lens in the rays of the setting sun and begins to bury the ground with its hind legs. Such heaps of earth or stones that snow leopards scoop up with their paws are called scrapes and indicate to scientists the presence of an animal in the territory. The footage shows how the wind stirs last year's dry grass, but there is already snow in spots. The coat of the animal is wet, flat pebbles, blades of grass and snow stuck to it, most likely, the snow leopard just woke up and immediately paraded in front of the lens.
A new unidentified snow leopard
The second video was filmed in December, there is already snow in the mountains, the snow leopard passes by the camera lens and again rakes the ground with its hind legs. A recognizable tail is clearly visible, the hair on which is torn off, currant eyes, as if summed up at the edges, look into the camera, wide paws step on the snow.
Winter snow leopard
The video of the new snow leopard was received by employees of the Sailyugemsky National Park in July as part of a project to involve local residents of Altai in the protection of the snow leopard. The villagers install and check photo and video traps, learn the habits of the beast.
During the summer expedition, employees of the Saylyugemsky National Park and local residents checked the camera traps on the South Chuya Range, the path to which was blocked by deep snow for seven months. Experts did not check all sections, the water level in the rivers is high, in some places it was necessary to storm water barriers.
Rangers and sсientists сrossing mountain rivers during expedition
Today, five local residents help employees of the Sailyugemsky National Park and WWF Russia to save the snow leopard in the Altai Republic, covering two important habitats in the region - the Argut River valley and the Yuzhno-Chuysky ridge.