Snow leopard census concludes in Shey-Phoksundo

A rare sighting of a snow leopard pair. Photo from the Snow Leopard Conservancy/Tashi R Ghale

Jajarkot, September 12

The counting of endangered snow leopard has been concluded in Shey-Phoksundo National Park in Dolpa.

The census was conducted with the financial support provided by the World Wildlife Fund. A team of 33 persons associated with the WWF, Shey-Phoksundo National Park and the Snow Leopard Protection Committee had started the census on April 26.

Park’s assistant conservation officer Prakash Upreti said the census was carried out using the camera trapping and double counting methods.

The counting of the Himalayan blue sheep (nawar) was also done along with that of the snow leopard, it is stated.

The blue sheep is the snow leopard’s prey.

A technical team comprising Sheren Shrestha, Samundra Limbu and Chhiring Lama conducted the census by pacing cameras at places where the snow leopard and the blue sheep are found.

The team would prepare a report to launch in Kathmandu within the second week of January 2019, said Chhiring Lama, a member of the technical team.

According to the Park’s report, there are 130 snow leopards in Shey-Phoksundo National Park.

The Park is home to 32 species of mammals, more than 200 species of birds, 28 species of butterflies, six species of reptiles and 417 species of plants.


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