Snow Leopard hunt by Adam Riley (INDRI Ultimate Wildlife Tours)

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Our group watching the first Snow Leopard from a knoll above our camp in Hemis National Park. At this very spot, on our first afternoon in the park, and within half an hour of officially beginning our Snow Leopard search, our expert local spotter had exclaimed “ Shan !!” – the Ladakhi name for Snow Leopard. After a few tense moments and some mild panic, we had all trained our telescopes on a Snow Leopard stalking across a far mountain slope.

Animals Managing to Survive in Afghanistan

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afghanistan snow leopard war wildlifeApparently, wildlife in Afghanistan is managing to survive despite the horrors of war and violence. The stupid video won't embed, so here's the link to the web page. It's from Time Magazine.

Big Cat Week 2012 Starts Sunday!

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From Cougars, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, and snow leopards and more, it’s a great time to learn more about these amazing cats! Tune in Sunday to watch the first ever capture and release of an endangered snow leopard in Afghanistan! Snow Leopard of Afghanistan. Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous places on earth, is also home to a population of endangered and elusive snow leopards. Snow Leopard of Afghanistan: Boone’s Mission.

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Cause an Uproar

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Everything from lions in Kenya to snow leopards in the Himalaya, the big cats all need our help. Like so many of you, we love the majestic big cats in the world. So of course we wanted to help spread the word about the Cause an Uproar initiative. Big cats in the world need our help. They are disappearing quickly due to habitat loss as well as conflict with humans.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of February 2014?

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The photo at the top of this post is from Adam’s awesome post on seeing a Snow Leopard hunt. Now that the Great Backyard Bird Count is over, the time has come to dream of birds beyond the boundaries of our backyards, birds in other, more distant yards. Many of you have already taken winter trips to escape the tyranny of the polar vortex or whatever weather pattern has worn out its welcome in your part of the world.

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Georgian Raptor Protector Up for “Green Oscar”

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But he’s got stiff competition, including peers working to save Tree Kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, Sumatran Orangutans in Indonesia, and Snow Leopards in Pakistan. Sparrowhawk photo by Freek Verdonckt, Batumi Raptor Count. The Whitley Awards , bestowed by the UK-based Whitley Fund for Nature, have been dubbed the “Green Oscars” for their role in recognizing and supporting grassoots-based conservationists in developing countries.

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Rarer than Tigers: the Indian Wild Dog

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These days, the species shares habitats with Tigers, Snow Leopard, Bears, etc. India, February 2013. I am camping in the dry-deciduous jungle in eastern Maharashtra, near the geographic heart of India. It is February and evenings are cold. We have rented army-style tents erected on concrete platforms surrounded with shallow but steep-walled ditches. What are these ditches for,” I asked my friend Nitin Bhardwaj. Against snakes,” he said.

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The Ole’ Bucket List

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Leopard. A Leopard in India by Yathin Krishnappa (CC). Thinking about what might come next once I see some of these, I feel like the Okapi, one of the tapirs, or perhaps even a Clouded or Snow Leopard could make the list even less do-able. Well, this time next week I’ll be winging my way to Cape Town via Auckland and Singapore (air transport is weird sometimes), so this is my last beat post of the year.

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Best Bird of the Year 2013

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The bulk of my lifers were on a trip to India in October/November but all the birds were surpassed by watching and photographing a Snow Leopard hunting and killing a Blue Sheep , so none of them are real contenders for BBOTY. The end of the year is nigh and birders the world over are looking over their checklists and reminiscing about their amazing sightings and devastating dips.

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