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Snow leopard footage from camera trap in Bhutan

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Published on Feb 14, 2012

Rare snow leopards caught on camera trap, Wangchuck Centennial Park, Bhutan - October-November 2011 © Royal Government of Bhutan (DoFPS) and WWF.

This is the first pictorial evidence that snow leopards are thriving in Bhutan's Wangchuck Centennial Park, a vital snow leopard corridor between Jigme Dorji National Park in the West and Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary in the East.

The pieces of footage here show:
- Night shots of a snow leopard (Panthera uncia) visiting its 'relic' site at 4,200m in Phudongphu. This is a spot where it repeatedly marks its territory.
- The daylight shots show how well-camouflaged snow leopards are. They've evolved to live in some of the harshest conditions on Earth, and their almost-white coat spotted with large black rosettes blends in perfectly with the steep and rocky terrain.
- The footage ends with some fantastic night-time shots of a prowling snow leopard, its eyes reflecting the camera light, and its powerful canine teeth clearly visible. This endangered species is the top predator in the high Himalaya. Its only predators are humans.

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