Snow leopards (Panthera uncia), the ever-elusive ghosts of the mountains, are undoubtedly one of the most charismatic species on Earth. Unfortunately, they are in decline: threatened by habitat loss and degradation, climate change, decreasing availabilities of natural prey, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. I have written about the latter threat many times. When creatures like snow […]
Well friends, today is October 23. That makes it International Snow Leopard Day: a day set aside to celebrate and generate support for snow leopards (Panthera uncia). Snow leopards are extraordinary creatures that are somehow able to survive in the harsh mountains of Central Asia, and yet do so with unparalleled grace and beauty. Here […]
It has been far too long since I have shared anything snow leopard-related. This morning I opened an email from the Snow Leopard Trust, and it contained a link to a year-old blog post that I had somehow missed. It is a great story, so I had to share it. The Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) […]
If anyone thinks life as a wild snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is easy, think again! You absolutely must watch this Facebook video of a snow leopard chasing what appears to be a wild sheep down a mountain. While the footage is grainy and contains no sound, it is the most spectacular video you might ever see. […]
I am unimaginably busy right now with a project that I will tell you about as soon as I get a chance. In fact, I have been meaning to write about it all summer: I just have not had time! In the meantime, the Snow Leopard Trust recently released this awesome video of snow leopard […]
Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) are incredible animals: able to survive in some of the harshest environments on Earth. The ruggedness of their habitat, combined with their elusive nature, has earned them the nickname “the ghost of the mountains.” While there are many organizations doing great work to protect snow leopards, such as the Snow Leopard […]
I finally got down to the Toronto Zoo this past Tuesday, at long last visiting the zoo’s ‘youngsters’ – white lion cubs, giant panda cubs, Juno (the cutest polar bear cub ever!), and Nandu the Indian rhinoceros calf. They were all adorable and active! The Sumatran Tigers are my favourite large cat species, and thankfully one of these beautiful cats was ‘on the move’ when I visited her enclosure. The white lions were also gorgeous, and being able to take a ‘family photo’ of all 6 atop their enclosure’s large rock was a perfect photo moment if ever there was one! The red pandas are just too darn cute, with their luxurious auburn/red coat, ringed tail and masked bandit face. Lastly, the majestic snow leopard was sleepily lying against the viewing window of her enclosure, so another perfect photo moment presented itself. A truly glorious day, filled with beauty and revelry for the diverse wildlife of which we share this planet.