Mongolia: In Search of the Snow Leopard
A Rare Chance to Track the Elusive Cat with WWF Scientists in Western Mongolia
The regal snow leopard has held a place in Buddhist mythology for millennia. Living at high altitudes in an extreme climate, its thick silver coat keeps it warm while its long tail helps steady it as it races down steep mountain slopes in search of prey. It is the hardest cat in the world to find and its elusiveness shapes the legends that have risen around it. Just 2,000 or so remain in the remote high peaks of Central Asia and the Himalayas. Yet while the snow leopard is among the planet’s most endangered animals, it is the focus of an inspiring global conservation effort. Our quest in search of this elegant feline takes us to the farthest reaches of western Mongolia, where we’ll travel with WWF scientists and traditional nomads who are pioneering efforts to sustain it. Our journey also includes several of Mongolia's national parks and protected areas where we’ll observe native wildlife, from great flocks of migratory birds in vast reed beds to wild Takhi horses on the rolling steppe of Hustai.