Wildlife

Spiti's snow leopards

A.J.T. Johnsingh S. Murali

 

A snow leopard. It had been estimated that India could have at the most 600 of these animals, located in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
Snow leopards are comfortable even on narrow paths on steep rocky slopes. Photo: Nature Conservation Foundation and Snow Leopard Trust
A camera trap photograph of a snow leopard in its natural habitat. Photo: Rodney Jackson/Snow Leopard Conservancy
A snow leopard pug mark photographed in Gangotri, Uttarakhand, in November 2015. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Kibber village in winter, in the upper Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh. It is home to about 80 families. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A fine markhor male in the Chitral Gol National Park, Pakistan. Photo: C.R. Zaharan
An adult male Himalyan tahr, one of the ungulate species snow leopards prey on. Photo: B. Pellizzi
An adult male ibex near Chicham bridge. Ibexes and bharals are the primary food of snow leopards in India. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A pair of female ibexes. Photo: Gobind Bhardwaj
An adult male bharal. Photo: Pranav Trivedi
A woolly hare. It is one of the animals, besides the bharal, the ibex and other ungulates such as the markhor, the Tibetan gazelle and the argali, that the snow leopard preys on. Photo: Udai Veer
A Himalayan marmot. It is one of the animals, besides the bharal, the ibex and other ungulates such as the markhor, the Tibetan gazelle and the argali, that the snow leopard preys on. Photo: Gobind Bhardwaj
A lammergeier, one of the impressive birds of the Himalaya. Photo: Gaurav Singh
A wild yak bull in this rare picture in Upper Kumla, Nepal. Yak calves are vulnerable to snow leopards. Photo: Naresh Kusi
The village of Chichim in summer. Photo: Kulbushansingh Suriyawanshi
The Shilla Range, the Spiti Valley. Photo: Abhishek Ghoshal
The Berginia ciliata flower on a wet slope. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
The thorny Astragalus strobiliferus (hedgehog plant). Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
The Key Monastry, in all its grandeur. Photo: A.J.T Johnsingh.
Women from Kibber pose with the handicrafts they made. The Nature Conservation Foundation has set up training centres in handicraft-making for women in order to promote snow leopard conservation in the upper Spiti Valley. Photo: Munmun Dhalaria
Charudutt Mishra, founder trustee of the Nature Conservation Foundation and science and conservation director of the Snow Leopard Trust, with colleagues Karma Sonam, Saloni Bhatia and Stanzin Namgail. Photo: Nature Conservation Foundation
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