A WCS scientist has developed a smartphone app that helps law enforcement and military personnel identify illegal endangered species products in China, Afghanistan, and Viet Nam. The app allows the user to narrow the product down to the likely species, and also provides advice from expert taxonomists in eight hours. Heidi Kretser thought of the app after seeing US military personnel in Afghanistan purchasing illegal products including snow leopard furs.
For more details, see http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/10/09/smartphone-apps-lets-cops-track-down-illegal-wildlife-products
Residents of Upper Manang Village in Nepal have reportedly sighted a snow leopard, which took a yak calf. This is the first time a snow leopard is thought to have entered the village. A local resident is quoted as feeling lucky to have had the opportunity to see a snow leopard, which is a positive reaction, considering a yak was taken.
For more information, see: http://www.ekantipur.com/2014/10/01/national/snow-leopard-spotted-in-upper-manang-village/395876.html
Congratulations to a group of Snow Leopard Conservation Grants recipients, who have successfully completed the first phase of their population survey in the Almaty State Reserve, and had an article about their work published in the Astana Times. The full article is available here:
Please note the misprint – they were awarded $15,000 in Snow Leopard COoservation Grants funding.
A snow leopard has been reportedly captured by trap camera for the first time in the Qomolangma National Nature Reserve in Tibet. For more information and photos are available here: http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2014/09-25/49678.shtml
Source: Chinese news website ecns.cn
Photographer Adam Riley recently captured an incredible series of photos, showing a snow leopard successfully hunting blue sheep. For more information and to see the photos, please see http://petapixel.com/2014/02/24/incredible-story-behind-first-ever-snow-leopard-kill-caught-camera/ or http://www.snowleopard.org/a-view-to-a-kill?pid=154&pageid=7642
SLN member organisation the Snow Leopard Trust recently released the first ever camera trap photos of snow leopards from Kyrgyzstan, which were captured as part of a snow leopard population assessment that they are conducting.
For more information and to see the pictures, please see http://www.snowleopard.org/first-pictures-of-kyrgyzstans-snow-leopards?pid=111&pageid=7598
Richard Bischof of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and SLN member Muhammad Ali Nawaz of the Snow Leopard Foundation of Pakistan are conducting a Pakistani snow leopard study using scat analysis and camera trapping. Their results so far have recently been published a report in the journal, Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
For more information and to see the photos, please see http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140125-snow-leopard-pakistan-animals-science-world-endangered-species/
The Himachal Pradesh State Wildlife Department and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests is setting up a research centre that will serve as a base for a long-term radio collaring project.
For more information, see http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/developmental-issues/HP-to-launch-snow-leopard-research-conservation-facility-in-Spiti/articleshow/29174501.cms