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.
The ship of the reserve.
Bay in the canyon. Do you see three white spots on the picture? These are the roofs of the scientific field station.
Closer view of the station.
Another one with a baby.
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.
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.
Thismale is named Mongol. Here it’s marking its territory. On its neck is a satellite tracking collar.