Do these two captures show the same snow leopard?
Every snow leopard has their own unique pattern of spots (often called rosettes), which scientists use to identify individuals and track their movements over time. We would like you to help us to identify the snow leopard that appears in the capture on the right. Matching photos of snow leopards takes time, patience, and an eye for detail, even for our most experienced snow leopard experts. While this is a challenging task, we think you’ll find it rewarding.
Read these instructions carefully!
- Get to know your snow leopards. Spend some time studying the spot patterns on the snow leopards pictured in both captures below. Make sure you look at every photo in each capture – use the buttons below the photos to navigate through all the available pictures and lighten the photo if necessary.
- The snow leopard’s long fur means that the spot patterns can become more or less distinct with movement. Look for distinct clusters of spots on small areas of the body, depending on what’s visible in the capture. Some good places to look are the snow leopard’s forehead, front of legs, spine, hip area, and tail. Some snow leopards may also have distinctive scars or other characteristics. Look for the same distinctive spots patterns in both captures then choose an option in the Comparison Results box.
- Are the same body parts visible in both captures? If they are not, it is not possible to compare the two captures – select “Unknown” in the Comparison Results box.
- Need a closer look? Click on the photo to bring up a magnifier. Click again to hide the magnifier.
- Can’t see any distinct clusters of spots in Capture A? If you can’t see distinct clusters of spots in Capture A for any reason, click the “New capture” button to get a new capture to work with.
- Can’t see any distinct clusters of spots in Capture B? If you can’t see distinct spot patterns in Capture B, choose “Unknown” in the Comparison Results box.
- Use the buttons in the Comparison Results box (below the photos) to record the results of your comparison.