Snow leopards spotted in NW China

XINING: An infrared camera has captured the movements of two snow leopards in a forest farm in northwest China’s Qinghai Province, according to a research team of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
The footage recorded on Sept. 4 revealed that the distribution area of snow leopard has extended to the easternmost edge of the Qilian Mountains, said Lian Xinming, associate researcher of the Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology of CAS, adding that it was also the first footage of the wildlife recorded in eastern Qinghai.
Based on the footage, the snow leopards might be female. “This suggests that there is a family group of snow leopards in this area,” Lian said.
Researchers also found other endangered wildlife under national protection such as musk deer and blue eared pheasant.
“It is unimaginable that there is such rich biodiversity in an area with frequent human activities, which also shows the harmonious coexistence between humans and wildlife,” Lian said.
The snow leopard is a Class A protected animal in China and is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
It mainly inhabits the Himalayas in central and southern Asia at an altitude of 2,500 to 4,500 meters. – Agencies​