14 Jul '11, 1pm

Afghanistan Home to Healthy Population of Snow Leopards

Afghanistan Home to Healthy Population of Snow Leopards

Good news from the Wildlife Conservation Society who has reported that a healthy population of snow leopards have been discovered living in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor. The study, which appears in the June 29th issue of the Journal of Environmental Studies, reports the success of camera traps which were placed throughout the region and documented the presence of the snow leopards at 16 different locations. These are the first images of snow leopards in Afghanistan captured by camera traps. “This is a wonderful discovery – it shows that there is real hope for snow leopards in Afghanistan,” said Peter Zahler, WCS Deputy Director for Asia Programs. “Now our goal is to ensure that these magnificent animals have a secure future as a key part of Afghanistan’s natural heritage.” Snow leopards have declined by as much as 20 percent over the past 16 yea...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2011/07/14/afghanistan-home-to-heal...

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