1 Tahrcountry Musings: Snow leopard fitted with GPS tag

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Snow leopard fitted with GPS tag

For the first time, a team 0f scientist from the Snow Leopard Trust, the Northwest Frontier Province Wildlife Department of Pakistan and WWF-Pakistan has fitted a snow leopard with a Global Positioning System (GPS) collar to track the secretive creature's movements. The 35kg (75lb) female was captured on the Purdum Mali ridge in Pakistan in the Chitral Gol National Park in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The collar will stay attached to the animal for 14 months. The best spin off from this project is that it will tell us how much space a snow leopard needs. This will aid in devising suitable conservation strategies. The scientists hope to to tag more animals in the days to come.

3 comments:

Prasanth Kodai said...

My fascination with snow leoprd started after reading Mathieson's book. I am happy that the adorable animal is getting proper attention

Sita Raghavan said...

That is good news. Augurs well

Regina Mathews said...

Peter Mathiesons book "Snow Leopard" has drawn attention to this animal for many a people.I am happy to note that this elusive animal is getting conservation measures that will ensure its future survival