Persian leopard detected in Hindu Kush, Afghanistan

Despite all the upheaval and abundant military presence in Afghanistan it is certainly good news that conservation activities can still be undertaken in this country. Biologists of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), as part of their Afghanistan program, were able study wildlife using cameratraps in the mountainous Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. To their surprise¬† they captured a snarling Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor), the largest subspecies of the leopard. Other captures included lynx (Lynx lynx), wild cat (Felis silvestris), Eurasian wolf (Canis lupus lupus), red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and stone marten (Martes foina). Sadly also poachers. See the photo’s and read more.

Male Persian leopard (courtesy of NACRES©)