Rare and Magestic Mongolian Snow Leopards in Stunning Photos

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three panthers camera trap photo

Collaring the Cats

Tagging the snow leopards with collars allows scientists to study the animals in the wild.

"The Panthera/SLT study in Mongolia is using state-of-the-art GPS satellite collars [and] camera traps, and collecting genetic data, to better understand the basic ecology of these elusive cats and develop urgently needed conservation actions," says Panthera.

The scientists sedate the animals from a distance of about 10 meters, and are given an antidote to wake them up after the hour-long collaring process. "Snow leopards are very docile and rarely show aggression during this process," McCarthy says.

Credit: Panthera/Snow Leopard Trust