Lord of the high mountains came down to steppe | WWF

Lord of the high mountains came down to steppe



Posted on 03 April 2018
Mongolian population of the Snow leopard is the second biggest in the world and it is the core population of the northern subspecies Panthera uncia irbis.
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The snow leopard was observed by a Saiga ranger at the Khuisiin Gobi, one of core habitat for Saiga antelope, in Gobi-Altai province. “The snow leopard may came down from Mt.Khasagt Khairkhan and went to Mt.Darvi” says Dr.Munkhtogtokh, biologist of WWF-Mongolia.
B.Chimeddorj, WWF-Mongolia Conservation director and biologist said “The reason for this animal’s travel is still unknown. We encountered with this event in second time in exactly same place. Last year we registered one snow leopard in this steppe area in 8th March, 2017 and this one on 20th March, 2018. The both areas, Darvi and Khasagt Khairkhan mountains serve as a main corridor between Altai mountains population and the Khangai mountains population within Mongolia and are considered as one of the most prone to human-wildlife conflict area. The steppe zone between these two mountains are only 35-40 km wide. Therefore, we assume that the snow leopard moves in-between these two mountains for searching foods and habitats.
Mongolian population of the Snow leopard is the second biggest in the world and it is the core population of the northern subspecies Panthera uncia irbis.
 
Mongolian population of the Snow leopard is the second biggest in the world and it is the core population of the northern subspecies Panthera uncia irbis.
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