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Nepalese researchers finally tag snow leopard with GPS collar

by GPS4US 2013-12-20 14:56

Patience pays off.

It took 45 days of tracking, but a team in Nepal has finally planted a GPS collar on a snow leopard in
order to monitor his movements and better understand its behavior and adaptation to harsh environments.

It’s the first time researchers in Nepal have accomplished such a tagging, and, and they’re eager to
see what the 5-year old male, named  Ghanjenzunga is up to on a real-time basis. Ghanjenzunga is
5-years old, measures almost two meters and weighs 40 kilograms.

"Snow leopards are highly elusive creatures and given the terrains they reside in, monitoring work on
the species is a highly challenging task," Narendra Man Babu Pradhan, Coordinator for Development,
Research and Monitoring at World Wildlife Fund Nepal, told "While past studies on
the snow leopard have been limited to areas that are accessible to people, this technology will help
provide important information on the ecology and behavior of the wide ranging snow leopard."

Megh Bahadur Pandey, who is the director general of Nepal's Department of National Parks and Wildlife
Conservation, agreed: "It reiterates the commitment of the government to strengthen measures to better
understand and protect the snow leopard whose survival is under threat from anthropogenic actions and
the pervasive impacts of global climate change."

Researchers will use the data to monitor the snow leopard’s movements, habitat use and preferences, reports. They’ll also better understand the snow leopard’s home range and core

Between Nov. 25 and Dec. 15, researchers watched Ghanjenzunga cover an 80 square kilometer area.
They’ll use the GPS data to track Ghanjenzunga for the next two years so they can boost conservation

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