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Most Protected Areas in the cats’ habitat are too small to hold viable snow leopard populations

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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/

 

 

‘Home range’ is a classic concept in biological research and is generally defined as the area that an animal utilizes in its daily life.

It’s a very intuitive idea, and it’s important if you want to describe how animals use space, both individually and in relation to each other.

This type of information is critical for conservation. For instance, in order to estimate how many snow leopards there may be in the wild, you need to have a good idea of the size of their habitat, and of how many cats can fit in that area

 

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

 

 

Country Landscape Area in sq.km Afghanistan Wakhan National Park 10,951 Bhutan (border area TBD) Snow Leopard habitat 12,110 China Yangchiwan 13,600 Tuomur 2,376 Taxkorgan 15,000 India Hemis-Spiti 29,000 Nanda Devi – Gangotri 12,000 (border area TBD) Kanchendzonga-Tawang 5,630 Kazakhstan Jungar Alatau 16,008 Northern Tien Shan 23,426 Kyrgyzstan Sarychat 13,201 Mongolia Altai 56,000 South Gobi 82,000 North Altai 72,000 Nepal Eastern 9,674 Central Complex 9,258 Western 10,436 Pakistan Hindu Kush 10,541 Pamir 25,498 Himalaya 4,659 Russia Altai 48,000 Tajikistan Pamir 92,000 Multi-National Landscapes Landscape Area in sq.km Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Allay – Gisar 30,000

 

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Good work. It would be interesting to see what other studies find on home range size, and if a relation can be found between home range size and prey density.

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Great reading from the Swedish researcher Örjan Johansson.

 

Just arrived home from Mongolia, where among other things I've been looking for Snowleopard.

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@Antee: Did you see any?

How was Mongolia? Which areas of the country have you visited? Did you focus on wildlife?

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I will write a trip report from Mongolia so look out for that. My focus was entirely on wildlife.

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