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High-altitude Tigers Discovered in Bhutan

Sightings by locals in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan led researchers to look for tigers in higher elevations than they’ve ever been known to reside. Dr. Alan Rabinowitz of Panthera, a big cat conservation organization, and BBC wildlife photographer Gordon Buchanan went up in the mountains and set camera traps above 3,000 meters of elevation. They left the cameras for three months, then found that among many other species, tigers indeed came to have their pictures taken.

This is the only place on earth known to have tigers, leopard and snow leopards all sharing the same valley.

It is remarkable to have these three big cats sharing their range.

Most extraordinarily, the cameras took footage of two wild tigers, one male and one female, a discovery that moved Mr Buchanan to tears.

The next step is to create a preserve that would protect the tigers and other animals. See several videos at BBC News. Link -via the Presurfer

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September 21st, 2010

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