Nurturing Wildlife in War-Torn Afghanistan

December 5, 2011

The New York Times reports on WCS's ongoing work in Afghanistan to protect endangered big cats and other wildlife while creating grass-roots initiatives to inspire local conservation action.

Recent camera trap images from the rocky terrain of Afghanistan’s central highlands have revealed a surprise: a Persian leopard, an apex predator long thought to have disappeared from the region.

In a series of images that provides indisputable proof that the big cat persists in the country’s interior, a big adult leopard can be seen prowling around the pathway (directly in the camera trap’s field of view) and investigating the camera itself, appearing to threaten it with canines exposed.

The New York Times reports on the most recent camera trap surveys—and WCS’s contributions to conservation and democratization in Afghanistan—in this video post on the Green blog.
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