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Snow Leopards In Uzbek Photo Trap

The Panthera and WWF conservation groups have shared photos of at least two snow leopards that were captured on film in Uzbekistan in November and December 2013. The images are the first photographic evidence of the endangered cats' presence in that Central Asian country, on the western edge of their known habitat. The leopards -- which are also present in 11 other Asian countries -- were caught on cameras placed in Uzbekistan's Hissar Nature Reserve, on the western edge of the Pamir Mountains.

The two snow leopards were caught by cameras in Uzbekistan's Hissar Nature Reserve in November and December 2013 by researchers working with WWF and Panthera.
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The two snow leopards were caught by cameras in Uzbekistan's Hissar Nature Reserve in November and December 2013 by researchers working with WWF and Panthera.

The Hissar reserve, Uzbekistan's largest, lies on the westernmost edge of the snow leopard's known habitat, scientists say.
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The Hissar reserve, Uzbekistan's largest, lies on the westernmost edge of the snow leopard's known habitat, scientists say.

Snow leopard cubs at a facility in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.
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Snow leopard cubs at a facility in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.

Snow leopards at a rehabilitation center in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan
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Snow leopards at a rehabilitation center in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan

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