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Lahaul and Spiti is among the top three districts with a high positivity rate in Himachal Pradesh. Kibber is situated at an altitude of 14,400 feet and is surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary, which is the habitat of the elusive snow leopard.(HT Photo)

Kibber village in remote Spiti valley of Himachal declared containment zone after 14 Covid cases surface

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2020 11:57 AM IST
Village head cites wedding organised recently as the prime reason for spike in coronavirus cases
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According to the census being conducted by the wildlife wing of the forest department and the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysuru, 52 snow leopards have been identified in 10 remote sites in Lahaul, Spiti, Chamba and Kinnaur .(Photo: Himachal Forest Dept (Files))
According to the census being conducted by the wildlife wing of the forest department and the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysuru, 52 snow leopards have been identified in 10 remote sites in Lahaul, Spiti, Chamba and Kinnaur .(Photo: Himachal Forest Dept (Files))

Regular sightings indicate rise in number of snow leopards in HP

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 06:02 PM IST
Census of the animals by the wildlife wing of the forest department and the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysuru, has stalled because of the Covid-19 pandemic
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Model of snow leopard conservation centre to be built in Uttarkashi district.(HT photo)
Model of snow leopard conservation centre to be built in Uttarkashi district.(HT photo)

Uttarakhand govt trying to generate jobs via country’s first snow leopard conservation centre

By Suparna Roy | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 06:16 PM IST
The snow leopard conservation centre aims to give employment to the local population through different avenues.
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The image shows snow leopards.(ANI)
The image shows snow leopards.(ANI)

Rare snow leopards spotted last month in Gangotri National Park

By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 10:09 AM IST
“Snow leopards have been seen in Gangotri National Park, multiple times since last month,” animal scientist Shambhu Prasad Nautiyal said.
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A snow leopard camera trapped in Gori Valley in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district.(HT File Photo)
A snow leopard camera trapped in Gori Valley in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district.(HT File Photo)

India’s first snow leopard conservation centre to come up in Uttarakhand

By Suparna Roy | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2020 10:18 PM IST
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat along with state forest minister and officials from the state forest department took a meeting in this regard on Saturday.
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A snow leopard was spotted in Gangotri National Park in Uttarakhand. The picture of this snow leopard was shot in 2017 in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo Archives)
A snow leopard was spotted in Gangotri National Park in Uttarakhand. The picture of this snow leopard was shot in 2017 in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo Archives)

Snow leopard captured on camera in Uttarakhand’s Gangotri National Park

By Neeraj Santoshi | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 12:53 PM IST
A video clip of a snow leopard crossing a road near the Nelong Valley was captured in August last year by an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) official, who shared it with forest officials.
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Out of the nine conflicts with habitation, six had to be caught and moved to a rescue centre in Leh.(Md. Sajid Sultan)
Out of the nine conflicts with habitation, six had to be caught and moved to a rescue centre in Leh.(Md. Sajid Sultan)

Snow leopard conflict cases rise in Ladakh

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2020 10:05 AM IST
Out of the nine snow leopards found in conflict with habitation, six had to be caught and moved to the department’s rescue centre in Leh for a period of 15 days to a month.
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The viral video shows two snow leopards enjoying some down time.(Facebook/Paradise Wildlife Park)
The viral video shows two snow leopards enjoying some down time.(Facebook/Paradise Wildlife Park)

These snow leopards cuddling together may force you to rethink your weekend plans

By Amrita Kohli | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 03:59 PM IST
“So lovely to see. With so much anxiety around we need more of these videos,” comments a Facebook user about the video.
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A snow leopard spotted in a high-altitude area of Lahaul and Spiti district. The habitat of the state animal of Himachal Pradesh spans from Kibber wildlife sanctuary in Lahaul and Spiti to Kugti sanctuary in Chamba. Snow leopards are found at altitudes between 9,800 ft and 17,000 ft in rugged terrain.(HT FILE)
A snow leopard spotted in a high-altitude area of Lahaul and Spiti district. The habitat of the state animal of Himachal Pradesh spans from Kibber wildlife sanctuary in Lahaul and Spiti to Kugti sanctuary in Chamba. Snow leopards are found at altitudes between 9,800 ft and 17,000 ft in rugged terrain.(HT FILE)

Rise in number of snow leopards in Himachal brings cheer to wildlife enthusiasts

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 06:32 PM IST
Recent sightings of the wild cat show state’s efforts to protect the endangered feline have begun to yield results.
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Footage of a stunning snow leopard wandering close to a tourist car in Himachal Pradesh.(Twitter/@susantananda3)
Footage of a stunning snow leopard wandering close to a tourist car in Himachal Pradesh.(Twitter/@susantananda3)

Snow leopard ‘catwalks’ in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti, netizens amazed. Watch

By Srimoyee Chowdhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 07:49 PM IST
Exclusive footage of a stunning snow leopard wandering close to a tourist car was posted by IFS officer Susanta Nanda.
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The project will be implemented in tribal districts Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur and Pangi in Chamba district.(HT File)
The project will be implemented in tribal districts Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur and Pangi in Chamba district.(HT File)

130 crore allocated to protect endangered snow leopard in Himachal

By Navneet Rathore | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2019 10:40 PM IST
The project to protect the 200 or so snow leopards in Himachal begins in 2019 and will be completed by 2024.
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Remote Pangi Valley bustles with faunal diversity

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 10:54 PM IST
Census by state wildlife wing in Sechu Tuan Nalla sanctuary last month finds rare species of Himalayan brown bear, snow leopard, musk deer, long tailed marmot, red fox and Royle’s pika apart from 50 species of birds
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Screengrab(Photo: Twitter/ANI)
Screengrab(Photo: Twitter/ANI)

Snow leopard sighted at Nelong in Gangotri National Park

By Suparna Roy | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 11:34 PM IST
he snow leopard, found at an altitude of 3,000m, is a Schedule I animal under the Wildlife Protection Act of India and is listed as “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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Scientists and experts said on Tuesday there is no evidence to back the presence of the mythical Yeti after the Indian Army said it has sighted the footprints of the ape-like creature of folklores in eastern Nepal.
Scientists and experts said on Tuesday there is no evidence to back the presence of the mythical Yeti after the Indian Army said it has sighted the footprints of the ape-like creature of folklores in eastern Nepal.

No proof to back army’s Yeti footprints claim, say experts

By Nihi Sharma | Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 06:11 PM IST
The army tweeted late on Monday to say that one of its mountaineering expedition had come across the footprints of the Yeti, or the abominable snowman as it is known in legends, near the Makalu Base Camp earlier in April.
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Snow leopards in Himachal Pradesh are usually found at an altitudes between 9,800 to 17,000 feet in high and rugged terrains.(HT File)
Snow leopards in Himachal Pradesh are usually found at an altitudes between 9,800 to 17,000 feet in high and rugged terrains.(HT File)

Sighting snow leopard a source of livelihood for youth in Himachal Pradesh tribal belt

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2019 04:19 PM IST
With limited avenues of earning, the Himachal Pradesh government has trained local youth to sight the snow leopard and other animals without disturbing the flora and fauna in the region.
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The endangered species (birds and animals) in conservation priority include Asian wild buffalo, Asiatic lion, Brow-antlered deer or Sangai, Dugong, Edible Nest swiftlet, Gangetic river dolphin, Great Indian bustard, Hangul, Indian rhino or Great one-horned rhinoceros, Jerdon’s course, Malabar civet, Marine turtles, Nicobar megapode, Niligiri tahr, snow leopard, swamp deer and vultures.(HINDUSTAN TIMES)
The endangered species (birds and animals) in conservation priority include Asian wild buffalo, Asiatic lion, Brow-antlered deer or Sangai, Dugong, Edible Nest swiftlet, Gangetic river dolphin, Great Indian bustard, Hangul, Indian rhino or Great one-horned rhinoceros, Jerdon’s course, Malabar civet, Marine turtles, Nicobar megapode, Niligiri tahr, snow leopard, swamp deer and vultures.(HINDUSTAN TIMES)

Endangered species are key to our survival

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 07:53 AM IST
Animal, plant and marine biodiversity keeps our ecosystems functional.
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Elephants will stubbornly follow their ancient migratory routes, knowing that it is one way to keep themselves from bankrupting a single habitat. Put up a tea garden or coffee plantation in their way – and they will simply go through it. Traumatise them with crackers and fire, and they will seek refuge in the nearest village bar – and then really run amuck(HINDUSTAN TIMES)
Elephants will stubbornly follow their ancient migratory routes, knowing that it is one way to keep themselves from bankrupting a single habitat. Put up a tea garden or coffee plantation in their way – and they will simply go through it. Traumatise them with crackers and fire, and they will seek refuge in the nearest village bar – and then really run amuck(HINDUSTAN TIMES)

Man versus wild: Treat the remaining wild habitats as sacrosanct

By Ranjit Lal
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2018 08:57 AM IST
Unfortunately, our fuses are getting shorter and shorter – and with politicians lighting them left, right and centre, (in the hallowed name of ‘development’) the omens are ominous.
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Sikkim is a must-visit for both the quiet reader sitting in a cozy corner at a quaint café or the social media buff sharing visual travel diaries on Instagram(Gurudongmar Lake clicked by @farawaylens on Instagram)
Sikkim is a must-visit for both the quiet reader sitting in a cozy corner at a quaint café or the social media buff sharing visual travel diaries on Instagram(Gurudongmar Lake clicked by @farawaylens on Instagram)

World Tourism Day 2018: Sikkim: Paradise Untapped – Top 15 Places To Visit In Sikkim

By Saumya Sharma | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2018 02:01 PM IST
As the monsoons bid adieu and the winter season is ahead of us, it’s the best time to visit the land of picturesque glaciers and quaint meadows, Sikkim. As perfect timing has it, with the inauguration of Pakyong Airport this Monday, September 24, one can expect a surge in tourism in the area.
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The elusive leopards were captured in footages from the remote areas of Lippa Asrang Wildlife Sanctuary.(File Photo)
The elusive leopards were captured in footages from the remote areas of Lippa Asrang Wildlife Sanctuary.(File Photo)

New habitats of elusive snow leopards found in Himachal

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2018 11:49 PM IST
Wildlife conservationists attribute the new habitat to an increase in prey base of snow leopards that primarily hunt wild sheep and goats.
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