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In this short video, three snow leopard cubs investigate a remote automated camera that filmed them in August in the Tost Mountains of South Gobi, Mongolia.
Two conservation groups, Panthera and the Snow Leopard Trust, are collaborating on a long-term study of snow leopards in the region. The clip is made up of 61 images taken about a half second apart. The cubs are believed to be approximately two years old.
It is estimated there are no more than 500 and1,000 snow leopards still left in Mongolia.
The project is the first ever long-term ecological study of the animals; and the most comprehensive study to date focused on snow leopards.
By Elizabeth Weise