Herd of argali (photo by Sebastian Kennerknecht)
Sarychat-Ertash, Kyrgyzstan (photo by Sebastian Kennerknecht)
By: Aaron Wirsing (for Shannon Kachel)
PhD student Shannon Kachel is back in Central Asia, where his groundbreaking research on interactions between snow leopards, wolves, and their scared prey in Kyrgyzstan is beginning to wind down. Shannon's study is the first ever to examine the ecological consequences of shared predation risk from these two top carnivores for prey decision making. He recently chronicled his progress in a blog for Panthera that can be found here. Nice work, Shannon - we are green with envy!