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.


May 2019

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.

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.

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.