Altai – Sayan globally important species
Snow leopards occur in high mountain with precipitous broken terrain. The snow leopard is the only big cat species that lives in high mountain areas. Their main prey species are Siberian ibex, Argali sheep, pika, hare, marmot, snowcock but it also can hunt deer and wild boar (small rodents can constitute a considerable percentage of the snow leopard’s diet during summer and fall). Population of a snow leopard varies between 800 and 1500 animals for Mongolia and 70-90 animals for Russia, with a density estimate varying between 1 to 1,5 animals per 100 sq. km.