On the snow leopard trails: Occupancy pattern and implications for management in the Pamir

Din, Jaffar Ud and Hameed, Shoaib and Ali, Hussain and Norma-Rashid, Yusoff and Hasan Adli, Durriyyah Sharifah and Nawaz, Muhammad Ali (2022) On the snow leopard trails: Occupancy pattern and implications for management in the Pamir. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 29 (1). pp. 197-203. ISSN 1319-562X, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2021.08.071.

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The snow leopard (Panthera uncia) inhabits one of the most challenging environments on Earth, referred to as the `third pole'. Only a fraction of its vast range has been explored thus far, owing to myriad of barriers inflicted by the remote terrain and socio-ecological realities of the landscapes. Understanding distribution patterns of species is essential to devise practical management measures. This study aimed to understand the distribution pattern and factors influencing occupancy of snow leopard in the Pamir Mountain range through sign-based occupancy modelling. Our study confirmed that the Pamir range is a snow leopard stronghold, with occupancy estimated at 0.57 +/- 0.02. The topographic features positively influenced the detection probability (p = 0.37 +/- 0.005) of snow leopards. Occupancy was influenced by mean annual precipitation (b = -6.12 +/- 1.8), density of roads (b = -1.61 +/- 0.6) and water sources (b = 0. 74 +/- 0.4). Our findings underpin that sign-based distribution surveys provide vigorous scientific knowledge about elusive species and merit replication being used for other species. We propose to redefine the protected area boundaries based on ecological knowledge and encourage transboundary cooperation to safeguard snow leopards at a landscape scale. CO 2021 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of King Saud University. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Item Type: Article
Funders: Snow Leopard Trust, Universiti Malaya [PG002-2015B], Wildlife Con-servation Network (WCN)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carnivore; Panthera uncia; Distribution; Khunjerab; Pamir; Pakistan
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2022 08:19
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2022 08:19
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/33638

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