Wild snow leopards caught on camera in China

(CCTV)

The nocturnal activities of three snow leopards have been recently caught in cameras by researchers near a high cliff in northwest China’s Qinghai Province.

The infrared camera was put up at a mountain protection station on a cliff 4,650 meters above sea level in Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, after traces of leopards’ activities were found.

The camera recorded the snow leopards appearing near the cliff at night. Preliminary analysis shows that the snow leopards filmed by the camera were two adults and a cub.

Experts said that, because of habitat loss, poaching, conflicts with humans and other reasons, the snow leopards have been listed as endangered species in recent years.

The animal is mainly distributed in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, Mongolia and other countries on the Central Asian plateau.

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