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March 2019

We’ve just received a wonderful write-up and photo from Joyce Li, aged 12, whose dream it was to see a Snow Leopard.  In October her dream came true in the Valley of the Cats and she writes about her experience:

The First Encounter

“In October 2018, I went to Angsai (Namsei) along with my parents, to look for the elusive snow leopard. This is a simple recount of my first encounter with this mysterious big cat.

On the second day of our trip, we woke up at 6:00 am, washed, downed some porridge, and we were off. It was snowing outside, with hares popping up in front of our car lights. They froze whenever we passed, too terrified to move.

About an hour had passed, and the sky had lightened up, and rays of sunlight peeked through the mountains. The snow blanketed the slopes and we searched them for any sign of a big cat. We even asked a local if he’d spotted one. He said that he had seen a carcass of a dead sheep around here, killed by a predator, and we continued searching. We came across quite a few herds of blue sheep and white-lipped deer, but no snow leopard. We decided to move to a new location. Suddenly, Yixi, our guide, started running up the slopes, and we followed him, scrambling up the mountainside. When he stopped, we caught up to him, Yixi said that he thought he had spotted a large animal feeding off a dead sheep. We were buzzing with excitement. But it was only a large dog, picking off the scrap bits of meat.

With no more signs of anything interesting, we decided to stop by Yixi’s cousin’s and have a nice cup of tea. After resting up, we went looking for the snow leopard again, and asked Yixi’s cousin for some help on the walkie talkie. Yixi drove us along the dirt road again, and I fell asleep.

I was already awake when mom called, and still deciding whether to snooze for a few minutes more, but when I heard the words “snow leopard”, all thought of another nap disappeared. Yixi came rushing back to us (he was out searching for snow leopards while we rested in the car) and told us that his cousin had spotted one across the valley. We sped along the small dirt road to the spot where the snow leopard was last found. We raced up the mountain, panting and out of breath, and threw our equipment down. It took a LOT of searching for us to spot the snow leopard, it was so well camouflaged on the rocks, with its grey and white pelt.

The snow leopard seemed quite lazy and full, because when a herd of blue sheep came by, it made no move to hunt, instead lounging on a rock. A few minutes later of cameras clicking and admiring the big cat, the King of the Snow Mountains decided to take a little nap, and disappeared behind the rocks. We waited for another hour, and the sky had turned dark. It didn’t reappear, so we went home too, to a warm dinner.”

The Second Encounter

“It was our third day in Namsei, and we were up in the mountains, searching again for the mysterious snow leopard. We parked outside Yixi’s cousin’s house, watching them milk their yak and collecting their dung for fueling fires. Someone had spotted a red fox up the mountain, and we rushed to see. We were snapping away at the little creature, until Yixi yelled “Sa!” which means snow leopard in Tibetan. The poor fox was suddenly not the center of attention anymore. We scrambled to follow Yixi, and set up our equipment. There were two of them! They were a little far away, but we could see their big furry heads poking up. Sometimes a fluffy tail would appear and wave around. An hour later, they went down the mountain to somewhere we couldn’t see. We tried searching for them again, but with no success.

We moved to a new part of the valley, and waited an entire four hours for a snow leopard to appear. No luck. Not even when we spotted three herds of blue sheep, the snow leopard’s favorite snack. So after a while, we just started to eat snacks and not really bother looking. About twenty minutes later of infinite boredom and listening to dad’s observations of blue sheep and their horns and markings, Mr. Puma, a local guide for another group (we call him because he was wearing a puma jacket), drove up the little dirt road (you could hardly call it a road, path more like it), and shouted that the two snow leopard siblings we saw in the morning were spotted again, on the same mountain, but this time closer.

We descended the slopes as fast as we could, trying not to let large piles of yak manure get in our way, and scrambled in to our car.

When we arrived, there seemed to be nothing in sight, but two little ears gave the snow leopards’ hiding place away. The two siblings were having a very nice afternoon snooze. We waited, and waited, and waited for them to stir. A while later, a big furry paw raised, and playfully cuffed it’s sibling on the head. A few seconds later, the paw disappeared. When it reappeared again, this time a paw and one of the snow leopard’s heads, it was to very excited rapid clicking from our cameras. Soon after they’d woken up, the snow leopards were play fighting. They also sprayed and rubbed rocks to make what we guessed were border marks. We captured photos and videos of them digging holes, then pooping in them, which was also a form of marking their territory, as we later learned.

It was getting dark, and all too soon, we had to go. Apparently the snow leopards agreed, because they climbed back to their hiding spot. It had been an amazing day, and I was literally dancing on the rocks.

After dinner, we visited the Research Station to meet a volunteer who’s coming here today, who has lived in Qinghai for a year, studying wildlife and their behavior. When we told the researchers we had seen two young snow leopards, they wowed and congratulated us. I asked the volunteer some questions on snow leopard behavior, and she confirmed that the snow leopards were indeed marking their territory by pooping and spraying. We also learned that young snow leopard siblings, no matter what gender they are, can stay together for a few months after becoming independent from their mother. I had once thought that only females will stay together, because males will be aggressive towards each other, as adult males often are.

Another amazing and fruitful day in the Valley of Cats!”
Joyce Li
Beijing
March 10th, 2019

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One of the Snow Leopards seen by Joyce during her visit to the Valley of the Cats.                    Photo by Joyce Li.

 

September 2018

“Our time in Valley of the Cats far surpassed even my highest expectations; a breathtakingly rugged and awe-inspiring landscape where man and beast not only co-exist but thrive. The success of the community project is testament to this harmonious relationship and respect for the environment. And the icing on the cake, well our very own Snow Leopard sighting of course, not to mention some superb encounters with Wolves, a Eurasian Lynx and a plethora of other mammals and birds. A naturalists paradise.

An exemplary community-based ecotourism and conservation project.”

Dan Brown, UK

“我们在昂赛度过的时光远远超出了最初的想象。在蜿蜒崎岖的峡谷和巍峨壮丽的景色之中,人与动物不仅和平共存,而且共同繁荣发展。社区项目的成功开展就是人与动物和谐关系的有力证明,也显示出人类对于自然的敬畏之心。锦上添花的是,我们亲眼见到了雪豹!更别提与狼、猞猁,还有其他众多哺乳动物和鸟类的华丽相逢!这里是自然爱好者的天堂,一个颇具示范性的社区生态旅游和保护项目。”
Dan Brown,英国
From l-r: James Eaton (BirdTour Asia), Dan Brown, Rob Hutchinson (BirdTour Asia) and Rachael Iveson enjoying a rainbow in the Valley of the Cats shortly after seeing a Snow Leopard.

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“The Valley of the Cats is an absolutely amazing place to visit: stunning, varied scenery in every direction; an abundance of mammals (herds of Blue Sheep [we counted up to 120 at one spot] and magnificent White-lipped Deer [the largest herd we saw was c. 80 individuals!], chubby Himalayan Marmots, adorable Glover’s Pikas, Red Foxes, Wolves and – most importantly – very good chances of seeing Snow Leopard!) and some very special birds (e.g. the stunning Lammergeier is common!); and wonderful, hospitable local host families. I’m already longing to return!”

Professor Per Alström, Sweden

“昂赛大峡谷绝对是一个令人惊叹的地方,举目四望都是绝美的风景。这里有数不清的哺乳动物:成群的岩羊(我们曾在一个地点数到过超过120只)、华丽的白唇鹿(我们见到过的最大一群有将近80只)、胖乎乎的喜马拉雅旱獭、可爱的川西鼠兔、赤狐、狼,还有最重要的——这里有绝佳的机会与雪豹相遇!昂赛还有很多非常特殊的鸟类(比如迷人的胡兀鹫随处可见),以及热情好客、令人赞叹的接待家庭。我已经迫不及待想要回去了!”
Per Alström,鸟类学家,瑞典

The reaction of Professor Per Alström after seeing, and videoing, a Snow Leopard in the Valley of the Cats.

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“100% adventure-packed mammal and birding site!  Truly unforgettable stunning scenery and a cultural experience that should be on every keen birder’s bucketlist!”

Irene Dy, Philippines

“充满了百分百冒险乐趣的哺乳动物和鸟类观赏圣地!这里有令人叹为观止的风景和难忘的文化体验,应该被收录在每一个鸟类爱好者的愿望清单上。”
Irene Dy,菲律宾
Irene in valley of the cats
Irene relaxing and trying out the local traditional clothing in the Valley of the Cats.

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June 2018

“As a professional animal illustrator, I had the pleasure of traveling to your area of the National Park and I was very impressed by the variety of wildlife and the beauty of these landscapes. But also meet your team from your NGO, and see the actions you take for the environment in collaboration with the breeders of the region: a very good example of collaboration and harmonious life with the great fauna! I take beautiful lessons of life and relationships to the wilderness!”

Yves Fagniart, Wildlife watercolor artist, Belgium

www.yvesfagniart.com

作为一名专业的野生动物画家,我很享受在昂赛国家公园的时光。在这里可以看到各种各样的野生动物以及美丽的风景。此外,与来自山水的保护工作者们一起聊天、了解保护行动让我深感人与自然的和谐的难得与宝贵。在这里,我学到了重要的一课。

Yves Fagniart, 野生动物水彩画家, 比利时

 

June 2017

2017年6月

“The experience of staying with the local and very friendly yak herder families, way off the beaten track, while enjoying world-class scenery and unique wildlife is one of the most memorable of my life.  The fact that I spotted a Snow Leopard slowly making its way up a snowy ridge one morning (from the homestay!) and found a completely new breeding area for Koslov’s (Tibetan) Bunting just shows what is possible in a few days in this wonderful corner of the planet.”

Jocko Hammar, Sweden

和当地友好牧民一起居住的经历是非常独特且难得的体验。在这里观赏世界级景色和珍稀野生动物是我一辈子最难忘的经历。一天清晨,我在住宿家庭附近看到一直雪豹正爬上白雪皑皑的山脊。我还找到了一个以前从未发现过的藏鹀繁殖场所!即使只停留短短几天,这些惊喜的发现在这个美丽的星球一隅都是有可能的。”

Jocko Hammar, 瑞典

Jocko and Chris after SL sighting

Jocko Hammar and Chris Campion shortly after seeing their first Snow Leopard in The Valley of the Cats.

写于Jocko Hammer 和 Chris Campion 第一次在“大猫谷”看到雪豹不久之后

 

April 2017

2017年4月

“Few places remain where you get a sense of intact nature. A strong presence of apex predators, such as the Snow Leopard, is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. And this place is not just a wildlife experience – the people, the landscape and the wildlife made a lasting impression on me. What a privilege it was to experience The Valley of the Cats.”      – Tormod AmundsenBiotope

“只有少数地方能让你感受到纯净的大自然。雪豹等顶级食肉兽的大量存在是生态系统健康的标志。在这个地方,我不仅仅获得了野生动物的观察体验。这里的人民、风光和野生动物都让我记忆深刻。能体会“大猫谷”的美丽是多么的荣幸!” — Tormod Amundsen, Biotope