Many thanks for the C&Cís on my last upload Ė The Conversation. You could see some weird stuff too!
I originally adult tagged this, but several EPZers felt it didn't warrant it, so I've removed it.... .... These are the two Snow Leopards at WHF, Ranschan 8 and 7year old Mizi . In the early evening on Saturday we were in the very privileged position to witness them mating, a rare sight indeed. Often during the day we heard the most amazing caterwauling and it was these two.
Snow Leopards conservation status is listed by CITES as Endangered. Their habitat is the mountainous regions of Asia, Afghanistan, Himalayas, Russia, Mongolia & Nepal. They tend to be solitary animals only getting together during the mating season. Their main food include sheep, deer, hares and mice. The main threat Snow Leopards face is poaching for the fur trade (3 skins to make one hat), loss of habitat caused by deforestation and dam projects, and loss of food sources.
Based in Kent UK WHF is an active partner in the European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP), as well as setting up education programmes for the people that share the habitats of these wonderful cats. Letís hope the pairing of these two amazing animals produces young to help swell the numbers.
V2 a wider shot shows those wonderful tails and V3 another close head shot. These aren't going to win any natural history competitions but it's SO rare to witness this I wanted to share it.
Thanks for looking.
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