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Images: Snow Leopards & Mountain Creatures of Wild Tajikistan

Scarce Cat

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A snow leopard, one of the most elusive big cats on Earth, and also an endangered species, triggers a camera trap set up high in an isolated mountain range in Tajikistan.

The camera traps caught a parade of interesting wildlife on film.

Snow Leopard

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It is estimated that only 4,000 to 6,500 snow leopards are left in the wild.

Mountain Weasel

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A rare mountain weasel, also called an Altai weasel, peeks at the camera. The mammals prefer high altitudes, and the largest grow to about 11 inches (28 centimeters) in length.

Ibex

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An adult male ibex stands in the dizzy heights of Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains.

Tibetan Snowcock

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An altitude-loving species that is a relation of the pheasant.

Snow Leopard

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Researchers discovered five snow leopards living in this remote region, including a mother and two young cubs.