Snow leopards have been caught in camera in high altitude areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
Photos of the same were shared by the department of environment and forests, Arunachal Pradesh.
“The camera traps were laid as part of Snow Leopard Population Assessment in Arunachal Pradesh,” the department of environment and forests, Arunachal Pradesh said.
Snow Leopards captured in camera traps in high altitude ecosystems of #ArunachalPradesh
The camera traps were laid as part of Snow Leopard Population Assessment in Arunachal Pradesh carried out in association with @WWFINDIA@PemaKhanduBJP @NatungMama @moefcc @byadavbjp pic.twitter.com/4CuUhQoTne
— Department of Environment and Forests, A.P. (@ArunForests) November 9, 2021
While one of the shared photos is from July 4, the other photo is from September 16.
The snow leopard is a part of a species recovery programme of the Government of India.
Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand are already covered under the programme.
Snow leopards live in the mountainous regions of central and southern Asia.
In India, their geographical range encompasses a large part of the western Himalayas including the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern Himalayas.
Arunachal Pradesh is one of the 22 priority landscapes of the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Program.
While locals and researchers knew that there were snow leopards in the area, scientists had not been able to get photographs thus far.