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.
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.
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。
During their visit, a EURASIAN LYNX was seen hunting Woolly Hares within a few metres of Ray’s accommodation.
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.
August 2019 年8月
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 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。
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!
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.
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。
28 September 2018
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.
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!
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…
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!
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.
Also, two fantastic photos of LEOPARD.