Camera Trap Photography

This series of camera trap photographs was taken at 8pm on a cold January evening in the Baltistan region of Pakistan.

On first glance, it appears that a snow leopard mother and cub are making their way along a path. But is there something in the background? Another cub perhaps?

The “eye-shine” effect seen in the second cub’s eyes is due to a feature of the eye called the tapetum lucidum. It reflects light back through the retina a second time, which enhances a cat’s ability to see at night.

What a joy to see these two almost fully-grown snow leopard cubs and to acknowledge their mother’s diligence and devotion to seeing them through to adulthood.

And the presence of this wonderful family is a testament to the successful efforts of our partner, the Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO), which is working with local communities in Pakistan to save snow leopards.

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