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  1. Here are the papers about the first snow leopard survey conducted in Bhutan and published in 2016: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313244178_National_Snow_Leopard_Survey_of_Bhutan_-_Phase_I_Sign_and_Prey_Base_Survey https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313244299_National_Snow_Leopard_Survey_of_Bhutan_-_Phase_II_Camera_Trap_Survey_for_Population_Estimation This is very exciting! There is also a WWF publication about the specific survey conducted in Wangchuk Centenial National Park, Bhutan's largest protected area located in the North of the himalayan kingdom: http://d2ouvy59p0dg6k.cloudfront.net/downloads/wwf_sl_report_05_10_2016_super_final_compressed_1.pdf
  2. The results of the snow leopard survey led in the Altai mountains of Russia were released in late May, and showed that the population is stable with an estimated 43-47 animals in the area surveyed. However, one finding was very worrying: there are very few siberian mountain goats in Buryatia, which is far less than necessary to support any stable population of wild cats. The WWF will now survey other areas in a 2017 adicional survey, that was not covered in the last survey. It is expected to identify 25 more cats, to reach a population of 20 snow leopards for Russia. Another important survey should be held to better estimate the siberian mountain goats, which is the main prey for snow leopard in the Altai mountains of Russia. http://wwf.ru/resources/news/article/eng/15198?utm_source=Direct
  3. A long term study in the Tost Mountains in the remote Southern Gobi desert of Mongolia, concluded that snow leopard are much bigger than what concluded earlier studies. As a conclusion, the study stresses on the importance of working with communities in non protected areas because very few protected areas would be larger enough to host viable breeding populations of snow leopards. Here is a great article, which explains well the study findings compared to the publication: https://www.snowleopard.org/understanding-home-ranges/ Different organization are working to secure 20 snow leopard landscapes by 2020: http://www.globalsnowleopard.org/our-work/the-first-step-20-by-2020/ http://www.globalsnowleopard.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SL_Landscapes_all.jpg
  4. In search of the Grey Ghost- Ladakh and Tadoba, India. Introduction First of all, I should say this was not a trip I was looking forward to. In fact I was, to put it another way, bricking it! It didn't help that we'd heard that sightings had been down and a recently returned group had failed to see our main target species. But it was a trip that I felt I had to do, a trek to look for the Grey Ghost.... the Snow Leopard... that most elusive of cats. I don't like the cold, struggle with altitude, don't do hills and am not that much a fan of camping to be honest and this trek had all of those elements in spades! But I had to try and tick a snow leopard, so off I went... My friend Jo Thomas who runs http://www.wildabouttravel.co.uk/ regularly runs tailor made treks to Ladakh and organised for me to join a group of seven birders on a private tour. As insurance against dipping the leopard, I and one other participant added a week in Tadoba for some much needed R,R and T (rest, recuperation and Tigers). 13th Feb 2016 I arrived in Heathrow and heard from Jo that one of the other participants had been refused boarding on his flight and his mate had decided to stay behind with him for moral support. Jo was busily trying to sort out his issue, which was basically that he's got his e-visa but had applied with an out of date passport and had only brought his replacement passport to the airport with him. Doh! I and one other participant, Peter flew Air India from Heathrow to Delhi on flight AI 112, departing at around 2100 on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. I must say it had the clearest in-flight entertainment system I have ever experienced, the sound quality of the provided headphones and visibility of the viewing screens was excellent. I found the air stewards to be particularly generous with the alcoholic beverages, which was nice and the food was okay, but nothing special! The selection of movies was up to date with some recent cinema releases available in both directions (different selection on the way back, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens). 14th February 2016 We arrived into Delhi on time, around 11.20. After collecting our bags we picked up a bottle of JD from duty free for one of Jo's local guys, Praveen and changed money before being met in arrivals by Praveen and our driver. We were taken to Hotel Lohmod to drop our bags and freshen up before we then headed out to Sultanpur Jeel, a local bird sanctuary about 2 hours drive from Delhi. As we were arriving there, the rest of the guys in our group were heading back to the hotel so we missed them. We met our guide and first stopped at the on-site restaurant to have a light lunch of dhal and butter nan. Then we headed out into the park for an afternoon of birding. A good range of birds was seen: Greylag goose bar-headed goose Teal Shoveler Spot-billed duck Gadwall Pintail Ferruginous duck Tufted duck Grey francolin Indian peafowl Little grebe Indian darter Great cormorant Indian cormorant Little cormorant Little egret Intermediate egret Indian pond heron Grey heron Purple heron Black-necked stork Painted Stork Glossy Ibis Eurasian Spoonbill Lesser flamingo Black Kite Indian spotted eagle Imperial eagle Moorhen Coot Purple swamphen Snipe redshank Wood sandpiper Black-winged stilt Red-wattled lapwing White-tailed plover Rock dove Collared dove Ring-necked parakeet Spotted owlet Hoopoe White-throated kingfisher Coppersmith barbet Black-rumped flameback House crow Large-billed crow Rufous treepie Black drongo Long-tailed shrike Bluethroat Black redstart Oriental magpie robin Indian robin Spotted flycatcher Red-breasted flycatcher Bank mynah Common mynah Plain prinia Chiffchaff Hume's leaf warbler Green-crowned warbler (referred to as Whistler's by the guide we had) Whitethroat Large grey babbler Plus Nilgai and Palm squirrels. P2140008 Hoopoe by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140017 red-breasted flycatcher by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140037 Spotted owlet by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140051 coppersmith barbet by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140055 coppersmith barbet by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140073 nilgai by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140075 nilgai by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140077 baby nilgai by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140080 Green-crowned warbler by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140091 bluethroat by Jo Dale, on Flickr We met the rest of the group back at the hotel, had dinner and got a reasonable early night as we had an early flight the following morning to Leh. P2140112 long-tailed shrike by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140122 brown-headed barbet by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140129 brown-headed barbet by Jo Dale, on Flickr P2140137 brown-headed barbet by Jo Dale, on Flickr
  5. http://www.france24.com/en/20151023-global-warming-threatens-iconic-snow-leopard ~ This article, from France 24, presents the findings of a World Wildlife Fund study of snow leopards. It notes that a rising tree line limits habitat options for already threatened snow leopards. Approximately one-fifth of snow leopards have died in recent years. Ongoing research will include monitoring by camera traps and selective use of collars.
  6. The himalayan state is currently counting snow leopard in different protected areas: http://www.indileak.com/uttrakahnd-to-start-snow-leopard-census-from-june-16/#.VXWrzO983Kc.facebook
  7. Hi folks, There's a very good read posted on Bird Forum of a Snow leopard quest, plus India. Thought it might be of interest: http://www.birdforum...ad.php?t=244151 Jo
  8. We are going to India in Feb and I noticed this park in Kufri near Shimla, where we are staying for 3 nights. They say they have a Snow Leopard there. Now let me say up front we are not into zoo's, BUT , we will never be able to get to see one in the wild. Is this park run properly, animals cared for?? should we go to visit? Any thoughts anyone. Thanks Pen

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