Lost in Altai, Russia, female snow leopard found with two cubs
The long time not seen female snow leopard was finally captured by camera traps in of the Republic of Altai, one of key snow leopard habitats in Russia. The snow leopards in Russia is so rare that every individual counts. Especially if it is a female valuable as a mother of families.
In February Sailugemsky national park have received the camera traps’ images from a very remote corner of Altai. The images had the pictures of the female snow leopards called Yu-1 that the experts had not seen since last spring. It became obvious why she had been hiding. The two cubs follow the mother. Yu-1, the mother, had just been more elusive and shy due to her little cubs. The pictures are from last September and the cubs are about 4 months old. Having two cubs is quite ordinary for snow leopards. Rarer they bring three cubs however in 2018 the snow leopard with four cubs was captured by WWF cameras in Sailugemsky national park.
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“Today we have eight local hunters who used to poach snow leopards. All of them now have a specific area of snow leopard habitat that he patrols. They remove snares, report on wildlife crimes and set camera traps. If the snow leopards are caught by cameras by the end of the year, the hunters get a reward equal to the price of the snow leopard skin. Eventually they are getting used to the fact that a living breathing snow leopard in the long-term can bring more profit than selling a skin. WWF hopes, that gradually we can raise awareness and behavior of the local people”.