Automatic cameras WWF snow leopard captured on a ridge Chikhacheva near the Mongolian border, the press-secretary of the Altai-Sayan branch of the fund Tatiana Ivanitskaya.
Automatic cameras mounted on the neck of the fund Chikhacheva, captured snow leopards from 26 to 30 October, but only now got the pictures. Before lenses posed two individuals. One of the snow leopards recorded at an altitude of about 3500 m in the afternoon, which is unusual for this night predator.
In Russia is home to the northernmost population of snow leopards in the world — 150 individuals of this species inhabit the mountains of the Altai and Sayan Mountains.
Also in the photo-traps got a few more animals living on Alta.
Six cameras on the ridge Chikhacheva were installed by experts Fund in September. Now their number increased to 10 units. They will record the movement of snow leopards for the whole winter. Cameras can operate in extreme environments at temperatures down to minus 40 degrees Celsius. Cameras installed throughout the entire range Chikhacheva and in Tuva and Mongolia.
Cross-border grouping of snow leopard on a ridge Chikhacheva — approximately 10-15 individuals — IMF experts called a key, ie, the most important for the conservation of this species in Russia. It liaises with the nearest Russian snow leopards centers this species in Mongolia.
Each snow leopard has a unique pattern of spots on the skin, so the camera traps can provide more precise data on the number of individuals in the area. Snow leopard remains one of the least studied big cats in the world.
Snow leopard, snow leopard
Altai snow cock
The upper reaches of the ridge Chikhacheva