Assessment of the snow leopard population in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous region (GBAO) became one of the productive results under the cooperation of Panthera and the UNDP-GEF project on the conservation and sustainable use of the Pamir-Alay and Tien-Shan ecosystems for snow leopard protection and sustainable community livelihoods.
The planned area of coverage was 121 231 hectares and included several key sites of the Tajik National Park and nearby territories. Approximate areas for camera traps installing were determined according to preliminary studies and surveys. In total, the field team of experts and specialists installed 33 camera traps of two models.
During the period of the camera traps activity, 10 unique leopard appearances were recorded, in total 546 pictures of the snow leopard at 6 photo-traps in the western part of the surveyed territory. Analysis of processed photos confirmed the presence of at least four different individuals of a snow leopard: by appearance and behavior, two adult males were identified, one of which is quite old. One adult leopard could not be determined by sex. The fourth snow leopard was defined as last year's kitten, sex is not determined. In addition, other wild animals were imaged on the cameras: Siberian ibex, Marco Polo sheep, red marmot, gray wolf, fox, lynx, hare, and others.
All the data obtained from the camera traps and surveys, collected under joint activities with Panthera and other project activities, are processed and will be placed in an information database, being developed under the project.