Snow Leopards Discovered Flourishing in Afghanistan

The Ark in Space has some good news from Afghanistan, dressed up in a wonderful collection of snow leopard photographs.
The war torn country is home to a vigorous population of snow leopards.  The World Conservation Society recently laid a number of camera traps in the Wakhan Corridor.  This mountainous area is a long panhandle in the north east of the country and the camera traps captured snow leopards on film in sixteen places.

This is a remarkable turn out of events as it has been estimated that there are only around seven thousand snow leopards in the world, scattered across a dozen countries in Central Asia.  Their habitat is usually over 10,000 feet above sea level but even at these heights snow leopards are often killed by shepherds for harrying their flocks.

The welcome discovery in Afghanistan will not take snow leopards off the endangered list, however. The area borders on Tajikistan, Pakistan, and China. If their area can be made into a reservation, they may be somewhat protected. Link -Thanks, RJ!

(Image credit: Flickr user Tambako the Jaguar)

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