More snow leopards captured by infrared camera in NW China

Researchers have collected more than 130 infrared images and 30 videos of snow leopard activity in the Kazak Autonomous County of Aksai of northwest China's Gansu Province for the past four months.

A total of 22 infrared cameras were installed in March in the mountainous areas in Aksai County by a joint research team of the county's natural resources bureau and World Wildlife Fund.

Snow leopards mainly inhabit the Himalayas in central and southern Asia at an altitude of 2,500 to 4,500 meters.

They are a first-class state protected animal in China and are classified as "vulnerable" by IUCN.

In the wild, snow leopards play a key role as both top predator and as an indicator of the health of their high-altitude habitat. If snow leopards thrive, so will countless other species.

Therefore, it's part of our duty to protect this precious species and create a better environment for them to live.

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