Snow leop­ards’ pop­u­la­tion thriv­ing

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

The num­ber of snow leop­ards in the San­jiangyuan area — the head­wa­ters of China’s ma­jor rivers — now ex­ceeds 1,000, ex­perts have es­ti­mated. Ac­cord­ing to Lyu Zhi, bi­ol­ogy con­ser­va­tion pro­fes­sor at Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity, in­frared cam­eras have pro­duced more than 50,000 pic­tures of snow leop­ards over an area of 5,000 square kilo­me­ters since 2011, when the pop­u­la­tion mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram started. Re­searchers iden­ti­fied in­di­vid­ual snow leop­ards to rule out du­pli­cate pic­tures, says Zhao Xiang, di­rec­tor of the San­jiangyuan project at the Bei­jing Shan­shui Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter. The count also re­lied on other re­search and lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis.

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