High density of a snow leopard in ASER
Camera traps have proven to be a successful tool for study as they minimally disturb wildlife and can replace the use of more invasive survey and monitoring techniques as well as it can provide detailed visual information without requiring on-site human observers or physical capture. The first effort to evaluate snow leopard population started in Jargalantkhairkhan mountain, one of the priority areas of WWF Mongolia in western Mongolia(ASER) using camera trapping method. WWF Mongolia specialists placed 40 camera traps in the Jargalantkhairkhan Mountain through active participation of local communities during the period from September to June 2014. Using spot pattern as a unique identifier, we created photo-capture histories based on the time of individual capture, with each day considered a unique trapping event. As a result of this activity, after 7 months of the camera placement there were taken 584 photos of snow leopard, including cubs. Our result indicates 37(10 cubs) snow leopards with 1.2 animals per 10 square kilometers in the mountain. This is the first highest density of a snow leopard population observed in Mongolia.