LEOPARD PICTURES: Rare Snow Cats Caught by Camera Traps

LEOPARD PICTURES: Rare Snow Cats Caught by Camera Traps
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Though about a hundred snow leopards (such as this one, pictured on May 5, 2009) are thought to live in Afghanistan, that estimate was based on guesswork and leopard pelts in markets, Zahler said.

(See more snow leopard pictures taken by camera traps.)

"We had no idea how they were doing, because they're such elusive and secretive animals to begin with," he said.

But the new camera-trap findings mean there's a "real chance for snow leopard recovery" in the Central Asian country, he added.
—Photograph courtesy Wildlife Conservation Society
 
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