Cameras Capture Snow Leopards in Bhutan

Cameras Capture Snow Leopards in Bhutan

A report has recently unveiled that hard to take images of leopards have been collected by a team of field biologists from the Government of Bhutan and the conservation group WWF during a survey of snow leopard prey in the country for the first time ever.

It has been found by the report that a survey was conducted in Bhutan focusing on snow leopard prey species and several thousand pictures and videos were captured during the same by the biologists. As per the report, the team has taken amazing pictures of snow leopards that are known for even breaking and stealing wildlife cameras.

The pictures would prove to be beneficial in future as it is not easy to click pictures of the elusive and graceful creatures. It is being said that earlier, scientists had tried to capture images of snow leopards and were able to capture a few in Siberia. Also, only one other image of a mother and cub had been clicked in the Afghanistan Mountains.

Though, the camera trap survey was overall conducted for capturing snow leopards and their prey. The team of biologists grabbed the opportunity of catching footage of threatened Himalayan serow, wild dog, red fox, the Tibetan wolf and pheasants in their cameras.

It has further been found that the pictures and footage of snow leopards such as engaging in scent-marking and sub-adult snow leopard are the first-time pictorial-based evidences that would prove that snow leopards are experts in Wangchuck Centennial Park. The park is a passage between Jigme Dorji National Park in the West and Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary in the East for snow leopards.

"It suggests that the network of protected areas and corridors is helping to link local snow leopard populations, which will be invaluable to ensure long-term persistence of snow leopards in the region”, says Rinjan Shrestha from WWF.

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