Mountains of a Snow Leopard

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Sayan Canyon of the Yenisei river is the place full of slopes and steppe areas, it’s not easy to move there. The safest way leading there is by ship over the reservoir which takes two days. These slopes, not so hospitable for people, are a home for a snow leopard.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

The ship of the reserve.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Bay in the canyon. Do you see three white spots on the picture? These are the roofs of the scientific field station.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Closer view of the station.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Female ibex.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Another one with a baby.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

The skull and the backbone of the killed male six-year-old ibex eaten by wolves.  Wolves pick skulls fully while snow leopards leave a nose untouched. Abundance of ungulates is a necessary condition of snow leopards survival. Ibexes are their main food.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Camera trap.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Snow leopard is a very cautious animal, those who work and live in taiga for years almost never see it, only its traces. Technical equipment helps to get more information about the animal. The first picture of a snow leopard in Russia was taken in 2008 thanks to a camera trap. Now scientists know every snow leopard in the reserve.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Thismale is named Mongol. Here it’s marking its territory. On its neck is a satellite tracking collar.

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

Mountains of a Snow Leopard

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