Below is one the photos published on the Mongabay website.
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Below are two of the best 2014 photographs from the Snow Leopard Trust blog site.
The Afghan government has declared the entire Wakhan district – bordered by Pakistan to the south, China to the east, and Tajikistan to the north – in the remote northeast as the country’s second national park.
The Afghan government worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with local groups to forge partnerships resulting in the national park.
Like Afghanistan’s first national park, Band-e Amir, the Wakhan National Park will help protect the country’s remaining endangered snow leopards.
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The snow leopard cub in the amazing images below was attracted by a bag of meat a family had stored on the roof of their ger. The heat rising from the ger offered warmth where the cub could fall asleep following his meal! Please visit the Saving Snow Leopards blog site for the full (and happy) story.
According to a recent study, the Soutpansberg Mountains in north-east South Africa are home to the densest leopard population outside a state protected area anywhere in Africa, with, on average, nearly 11 leopards per 100 square kilometres. By comparison, there are just one to three leopards over the same area in the Cederberg and Waterberg Mountains.
Only state protected national parks, such as the Kruger National Park and Gabon’s Ivindo National Park support a greater density of leopards: the Sabie river area of the southern Kruger supports just over 30 of the animals per 100 square kilometres whilst the Ivindo supports 12.
The researchers believe one of the reasons the leopards have successfully made the Soutpansberg Mountains their home is because it supports one of their favourite prey, the bushbuck.
The study’s lead author, Dr Julia Chase Grey, said, “We now need long-term data on leopard densities over a larger area in the western Soutpansberg to confirm the conservation importance of the area.”
If the results are confirmed and the population persists, the area may, one day, become a recognised conservation area.
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