12 out of 13 cameras placed on Baatarkhairkhan Mountain have trapped snow leopard



Posted on 02 April 2014  | 
This time, 12 out of the 13 photo cameras have trapped images of snow leopard and other wild species.
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To study snow leopard population on Baatarkhairkhan Mountain in Altai Sayan region in Western Mongolia, specialists and officers of WWF Mongolia Programme Office placed 13 automatic photo and video cameras on the mountain in January, 2014. This pilot action was financially supported by the tourists and visitors came to Mongolia through “Natural Habitat”.
When the camera recordings were first checked, images of snow leopard and other wild species were only captured by one of the cameras. Recently, the specialists completed the second check. This time, 12 out of the 13 photo cameras have trapped images of snow leopard and other wild species. There were totally 3144 wild species’ individuals captured by 12 photo cameras and 54 out of them were snow leopards.
The reason of so many snow leopard photo traps and video recordings in the cameras is that it was a mating or rutting period of the species. In comparing to findings of previous check-up (e.g. photo camera on-periods), the photo cameras were on in average for 35 and more days. The cameras were placed within the species habitat to be used and monitored for the year, but the current observation findings show that the species individuals would be rarely trapped by the cameras in other seasons than their mating or rutting period. According to the camera photo traps and recordings, most of the images and photos were captured within a period from the beginning of February to the first ten days of March of the year. One of the most important or first-ever video recordings in Mongolia was a rutting call of snow leopard that was captured at night of February 10. Placements of two cameras (one of them had no any photos and images of snow leopard and another camera would be destroyed by ice melting) were changed. The rest or 11 cameras remain in their originally placed areas.
This time, 12 out of the 13 photo cameras have trapped images of snow leopard and other wild species.
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