More Than 9 Snow Leopards Confirmed Around Wolong Nature Reserve.According to Wolong National Reserve Administration, more than 9 snow leopards have been confirmed in an area of 120 square kilometers with an elevation of 4000—5700 meters above the sea level after the staff from the reserve collected the videos and images from their infra-cameras. This is a big group of snow leopards discovered in a small distribution area. Considering the fact that the average density of snow leopard in China is normally 0.5 to 0.6 per 100 square kilometers, the snow leopard density in this discovery is extremely high.
The footages were collected from 27 infra-cameras installed about 7 month ago (middle part of June) in Qianliangshan Snow Leopard observation site at the head water of Zhenghe River. It took reserve staff 11 days to recycle all the cameras and data including 13 minutes video footage of snow leopards and 347 images, which show clear markings of Snow Leopard. This hits a new record since 2009 when the first Snow Leopard image was captured. The most recent one was only 12 days ago.
Based on this data, Professor Li Sheng from the School of Life Sciences of Peking University concluded that Wolong Nature Reserve has the highest density of snow leopard distribution in southwest China and will be the closest ‘hot spot’ for snow leopard from a metropolis with over 10 million people.
Snow leopard stays on the top of the food chain among the wildlife in high elevation areas. It is generally agreed that the appearance of snow leopards demonstrate the integrity of the ecosystem as well as abundance of biodiversity in this area. From the infra-cameras, experts also got images of red fox, blue sheep, takin and Himalayan marmot. They provide sufficient food resources for Snow Leopards in this area.