Video: Bhutan’s Tigers Do Live High

Candice Gaukel Andrews November 11, 2010 5

Cameras caught images of the highest-living tigers in the world. ©From the video “BBC’s Land of the Lost Tigers,” BBC News

It started with some anecdotal stories from villagers. Although tigers were known to live in the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan, no one believed that they resided any higher up the mountain—until some rumors from locals started surfacing.

So tiger expert Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, president of Panthera, a conservation organization dedicated to safeguarding big cat species, and his team set up motion cameras at altitudes from 9,800 to 13,450 feet, which is at the tree line. What showed up on film was astounding—and the world’s first evidence that tigers are capable of living that high.

And as remarkable as that is, there was another surprise: it was discovered that the tigers were sharing a range with leopards and snow leopards, a natural phenomenon that no one thought possible.

See the proof, in the video below.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,




  1. Daniel Wheeler November 15, 2010 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Now we need someone to go survey in their habitat!!! LOL

  2. Jack November 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    That is so rad.

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