First photos of camera trap from Baatarkhairkhan mountain in western Mongolia
For designation of photo camera placement points on the mountain, the Programme specialists and officers shared experiences and best practices of “Natural Habitat” staff and consulted with local residents, who spend their winters nearby the mountain, regarding their physical locations throughout the mountain. In addition to these consultations, they investigated bumbaas (stocks of dirt made by snow leopard legs), droppings, and traces of the species within its preferable habitats on the mountain. Based on their consultation and physical investigation findings, the performers placed photo cameras in 12 designated points on the mountain. They assume that pairs of photo cameras placed in some parts of the mountain, upon the consideration of their specific topographic states and Snow leopard movements on the mountain, would provide more efficient and thorough results. The specialists and officers have recently checked first parts of the photo images captured by the cameras. According to their findings, one camera captured photos of the species and other animals. These findings have made not only the specialists and officers but also local communities contented because images of the Snow leopard, publicly called as “King” of High Mountain, were captured by the photo camera under the pilot action.
The automatic camera captured photos or images of domestic livestock e.g. sheep, goat, and camels and wild species e.g. Manul and red fox except for images of the Snow leopard. Currently, the specialists and officers have started analyzing the photo camera images and findings. In the nearest future, they will go to Baatarkhairkhan Mountain for collection of more detailed findings and data on the species from the photo cameras on the mountain. We are sure that they will come back with plenty of interesting results and data from this planned trip and share them with us.