Elusive snow leopard in Bhutan caught on camera
All big cats in the wild are rare and elusive but snow leopards are especially so. One reason why their photos and videos make waves.
A beautiful snow leopard was recently caught on a World Wildlife Fund-sponsored camera in the cold, snowy mountains of Bhutan, a tiny country in south Asia.
Native to the mountains of central Asia, snow leopards live high up in the ranges, in extremely cold environments, which makes them harder to study and photograph than other animals.
Snow leopards are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as endangered and decreasing in numbers. The agency estimates there are between 4,000 and 6,000 of the big cats left in the world.
Raveena Aulakh is the Star's environment reporter. She is intrigued by climate change and its impact, now and long-term, and wildlife. Follow her on Twitter @raveenaaulakh