Latest News from the Valley of the Cats “大猫谷”最新资讯

Follow the latest news from the Valley of the Cats.  Photos from camera traps, events and the local families will appear here.  Unless otherwise stated, all footage courtesy of ShanShui Conservation Center and the local community.


29 July 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Valley of the Cats community-based wildlife tourism project is now open for bookings from China-based visitors from “low risk” areas, subject to meeting strict health criteria. At this time, this means a green ‘health code’ AND proof of a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 14 days before arrival. The community would like to stress that the current pandemic situation is dynamic and regulations are subject to change at short notice. We recommend potential visitors take into account this risk when considering a booking. Please check this page regularly for any updates on policy. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming more people to this special place.

尊敬的访客朋友们: 大猫谷自然体验即日起恢复预约,为响应配合疫情防控工作,自然体验恢复开放对象仅为国内低风险地区访客,暂不接待境外或国内中、高风险地区人员。访客到达时需提供14日内核酸阴性检测结果以及绿色健康码(健康码可通过“信用青海”微信公众号平台申请获取),并配合社区做每日体温检测。 根据疫情变化,自然体验开放情况可能随时会有更改,我们会在网站平台及时发布消息,请各位访客朋友们注意查看。


昂赛乡人民政府   澜沧江源园区国家公园管委会昂赛管护站                  2020年7月29日

30 January 2020

***IMPORTANT NOTICE*** Due to the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus in China, the Valley of the Cats will be closed to visitors until further notice. The community apologises for any inconvenience and will re-open as soon as possible once the outbreak has diminished.

October 2019

The Valley of the Cats hosted two TV crews in October, one from the BBC’s Frozen Planet II team and one from ITV (Ray Mears). You can see how they got on in late 2020 (Ray Mears) and 2021 (Frozen Planet II).


10月大猫谷迎来了两批电视摄制组,1个是BBC冰冻星球II的摄制组, 另一个是英国ITV的团队(Ray Mears)。他们的节目分别会在2021年和2020年播出。到时大家可以在电视上一睹昂赛大猫谷的风采。

Terry Townshend (left) with Ray Mears during the filming of a new ITV series due for broadcast in autumn 2020.
The BBC Natural History Unit’s cameraman, Sam Meyrick, with one of his remote cameras in the Valley of the Cats, October 2019.

During their visit, a EURASIAN LYNX was seen hunting Woolly Hares within a few metres of Ray’s accommodation.


This EURASIAN LYNX was hunting WOOLLY HARES just a few metres from Ray Mears’ camp in the Valley of the Cats.

29 September 2019

A common leopard was captured on camera by a group of visitors in The Valley of the Cats. It was the first time that visitors encountered one of these precious big cats in the valley. The cat was enjoying his prey when Renqing Dajie, one of the local guides, found him. Renqing Dajie then noticed the only group that was in the valley at that time, and they were lucky this cat stayed there for hours, and they were able to capture some great footages of this beautiful cat.

Common leopard in the woods 金钱豹在树丛里 photo credit- Frédéric Larrey


自然体验者第一次在大猫谷见到并拍到了金钱豹! 牧民向导仁青达杰发现自家的小牛少了一只,便上山去找,发现这只金钱豹抓了小牛正在享用着。他随后告诉了当时正在大猫谷的唯一一队体验团队和他们的向导,这队体验者运气非常的好,当他们赶到时,金钱豹并没有离开,在那里待了很长时间。

photo credit- Frédéric Larrey

August 2019 年8月

A magnificent male COMMON LEOPARD caught on a camera trap just before midday on 15 August 2019. Camera positioned by John MacKinnon.
A pack of WOLVES caught on a camera trap in the Valley of the Cats

July 2019 年7月

In the Valley of the Cats, female SNOW LEOPARDS usually give birth at the end of May/early June. Until early August, the cubs stay in the den while their mother hunts. In late July, when the cubs begin to eat meat, the mothers prefer to hunt relatively small prey, such as HIMALAYAN MARMOTS, as they can easily be carried back to the den for the cubs. This video of an adult female was taken immediately after she tried, but failed, to catch a marmot. It was hot, close to midday and it’s clear she was overheating after the sprint. With the stunning flowers in bloom, it’s a spectacular video.

大猫谷区域,雌性雪豹通常在五月底或六月初产崽。 雪豹幼崽通常会待在窝里直到8月初。 小雪豹大约在七月底开始能吃肉了,这时它们的妈妈们会更多的去捕猎相对小一些的猎物,比如说喜马拉雅旱獭,这样就可以轻易的把猎物带回窝里给幼崽食用。下面的影片拍到到了一只雌性雪豹尝试捕捉旱獭失败之后的画面。那时候大概是正午时分,太阳高照,十分的‘炎热’, 这只雪豹很明显在极速奔跑后非常的热。 视频中遍野的花朵非常烂漫。

May 2019年5月

May was a busy month in the Valley with several groups of visitors.  It was very special for Graeme and Moira Wallace from Scotland who visited to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.  What better way to celebrate than seeing a Snow Leopard!  In fact, they were lucky enough to see two, including one very special encounter with a sleepy male at just 160m range.

5月的大猫谷迎来了几批世界各地的体验者。特别的,来自苏格兰的Craeme和Moira Wallace 在大猫谷里庆祝了他们的40周年结婚纪念日。 还有什么比看见一只雪豹更好的庆祝吗?而且他们非常的幸运,看见了2只雪豹,其中一只懒洋洋的雄性雪豹离他们只有160m远。

Graeme and Moira on top of the world
A male Snow Leopard dozes just 160m from the car. A wonderful 40th wedding anniversary present for Graeme and Moira.

In the Valley of the Cats, given the high elevation, it’s not uncommon for the weather to change dramatically within minutes. Even in summer, snow is possible. Snow often encourages usually high-elevation birds to descend. As we were looking for Snow Leopards, one such snow storm forced us into a local family’s home for a welcome cup of tea and a chance to thaw out in front of the stove. Imagine our surprise when we saw a bird through the window that had landed in the yard.. and realised it was a TIBETAN BUNTING, one of the most sought-after and range-restricted birds of the Plateau!


A male TIBETAN BUNTING, one of 22+ of this species that sought shelter in the yard of a local family during a snow storm.

2 February 2019


A compilation of video clips of Common Leopard from the Valley of the Cats.  Common Leopard is rarely seen in the Valley of the Cats but from camera trap footage, we know that there is a healthy population.  Just watch that tail twitching!


And we fell in love with this photo of a Common Leopard from one of the camera traps in the Valley of the Cats.



1 February 2019


Some wonderful intimate footage of a female Snow Leopard with her two cubs taken in the Valley of the Cats in late 2018. Be sure to watch full screen, with sound to hear the growls about three quarters of the way through..  and make sure to watch to the end for a funny finale!


31 January 2019 


Some recent camera trap video and images of Pallas’s Cat (Otocolobus manul) from the Valley of the Cats, including a wonderful clip of one rolling in the snow.  Pallas’s Cat manages to look cute and grumpy at the same time.  It is not common in the Valley but there are a few locations where the habitat is suitable, especially areas with large pika populations.


Pallas's Cat 2
Pallas's Cat 3

1 January 2019


Happy New Year from the Valley of the Cats!

We can now announce the price structure for 2019.  Accommodation and food will be CNY 300 per person per night.  And a vehicle and guide will be CNY 1000 per day (this can be shared with up to three people in one vehicle).


10 December 2018


We are delighted to announce that, in 2018, 61 groups of visitors stayed in the Valley of the Cats as part of the community-based wildlife tourism project. These trips have generated revenue of CNY 432,400 (almost GBP 50,000) for the community. That’s just under CNY 20,000 (GBP 2,200) of benefit for each of the 22 families involved in the project. At the same time, many visitors have enjoyed the trip of a lifetime, including special encounters with some of the resident wildlife such as Snow Leopard, Common Leopard, Wolf, Asian Brown Bear, Lynx, Tibetan and Red Fox and much more.  Thank you to everyone who has supported the project in 2018 and we look forward to a wildlife-filled 2019!


3 December 2018


A Spanish wildlife watcher and his son braved the winter temperatures (-20) for the final visit of 2018 and were fortunate to catch sight of a Snow Leopard!


8 November 2018


Two photos from a recent visit by Cédric Libert and Nicolas Gaidet.

两幅照片的拍摄者:Cédric Libert和Nicolas Gaidet。

A Snow Leopard walks along a ridge in the Valley of the Cats, October 2018. Photo by Cédric Libert.
A GLOVER’S PIKA in the Valley of the Cats. Photo by Cédric Libert.

28 September 2018


Photos from a camera trap in the Valley of the Cats go viral on social media and covered by The Mail Online and Fox News.


26 September 2018


It’s been a busy month in the Valley with several groups visiting both from China and overseas.  SNOW LEOPARDS have been seen at three different sites and there have been some great numbers (20+) of WOLF reported, as well as a sighting of LYNX on 24 September 2018 (James Eaton, Rob Hutchinson, Dan Brown and Rachael Ivesen-Brown).  Video below by Professor Per Alström.

9月,昂赛乡迎来了繁忙的一季,来自国内外的多个体验团队在大猫谷领略到了大自然的神奇。体验者们在3处不同的地点看到了雪豹、与数量庞大的狼群(20多只)相遇,在9月24号,还有几位体验者(James Eaton, Rob Hutchinson, Dan Brown and Rachael Ivesen-Brown)见到了猞猁!下面视频的拍摄者是来自瑞典的鸟类专家Per Alström教授。

21-24 July 2018

NatureWatch2018 took place in the Valley of the Cats, organised by the local government and ShanShui Conservation Center.  Twenty teams from across China and overseas competed to photograph as many mammals, birds and plants as possible over the four days.  In total, 13 species of mammal, 73 species of bird, 315 species of plant and 4 species of reptile were recorded.  Eight teams were fortunate to encounter SNOW LEOPARD and the image below by Hui Lang, not surprisingly, won the prize for best photo!


2018-07-24 Snow Leopard, Angsai by Hui Lang

3 July 2018

Preparations are underway for the 2018 Wildlife Watching Festival taking place in the Valley of the Cats from 14-18 July 2018.  Not surprisingly, the event is fully subscribed with a long waiting list!  More news soon…


2018 festival prep1
festival preparation2

1 July 2018

The month-long harvest of the valuable caterpillar fungus has come to an end.  It’s been a good year and it appears to have been a good harvest.  The local people are happy!


Caterpillar fungus

10 May 2018


A local horse looking her best takes a selfie with a camera trap in the Valley of the Cats!


5 May 2018


Local yak herder, Bading, captured this photo of a LEOPARD in the Valley of the Cats


3 May 2018


A TIBETAN WOLF nonchalantly passed the ShanShui Research Centre in the Valley of the Cats.  Caught on camera by the researchers.


1 May 2018


Local schoolchildren in the Valley of the Cats (Namsei/Angsai) learned about recycling and later collected trash in exchange for pencils and notebooks.


7 April 2018


The local horse festival is a major annual event where the local people can showcase their horses and their riding skills.


12 March 2018


The latest batch of photos from camera traps run by the local yak herders.


Snow Leopard - 3 youngsters
Snow Leopard with sun rays
Snow Leopard

Also, two fantastic photos of LEOPARD.