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This desert covers 1/3 of Mongolia – it is called “the dry sea” by the Chinese.

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What is the Gobi?

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This is dried by the desert sun, is not smelly, and is used for fuel.

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What is manure?

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This animal can drink up to ¼ of its 1200 pound weight at one time (27 gallons)! It can carry 100 pounds of cargo for 30 miles, swim, wrestle and outrun a horse!

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What is a camel?

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This is a sweet, pressed goat cheese which starts out soft like cottage cheese, but bakes hard in the desert sun.

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What is aaruul?

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Wildflowers (purple asters, yellow daisy-like flowers), bright lichens (some electric yellow, some orange), mint, rosemary, and wild onions

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What are “rich, desert surprises?”

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This is Mongolian’s wild horse.

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What is a Takhi?

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This is a small baseball-sized critter with bright black eyes and “elf-like ears.” It is found in deserts from China to Egypt.

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What is a long-eared desert hedgehog?

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These are wild goats and are a favorite food for the snow leopard.

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What is an ibex?

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These animals have long thick coats that hang down to their ankles.

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What is a yak?

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A short-eared relative of the rabbit.

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What is a pika?

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This is sometimes a broken steel radiator and is used to keep a trapped cat from running away

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What is a drag?

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Removing top predators upsets the entire ________.

(fill in the blank)

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What is ecosystem?

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23 photos of a herder’s goats!

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What are camera trap results!

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This is the centerpiece of the Snow Leopard Trust’s conservation plan…

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What is Snow Leopard Enterprises?

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  • estimate the cat’s weight

  • sedate the cat with a syringe and hypodermic needle mounted on a 6 ft. pole

  • measure the cat (weight, length, etc.)

  • take a tuft of fur for genetic tests

  • tag the cat

  • give a shot of antibiotic

  • attach radio collar

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What are steps to document a captured snow leopard?

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These are new statistical methods to monitor the snow leopard population – such as: taking pictures, documenting tracks, collecting scat (poop), looking at markings and scratches.

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What are sign surveys?

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This is testing that is used to identify one animal from another using coding sequences.

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What is DNA?

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This was an old (12-13 years old) female snow leopard who was about 85 pounds, had 3 broken canine teeth, was missing 1 ear, and whose head was covered with healed wounds.

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Who was Green?

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This was a female snow leopard that Tom was tracking who had 3 cubs! This was the only time tom saw snow leopard cubs in the wild!

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Who was Yellow?

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This is made from yak wool felt and filled with Gobi stones.

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What is a Yaki-sack?

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Identify the underlined form of figurative language: “Prowling along ridges, slinking below skyline, it’s as invisible, yet as powerful, as the wind.”

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What is a simile?

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Identify the underlined form of figurative language: “Their sheep, goats, yaks, horses and camels are meat, milk, and money.”

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What is alliteration?

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Identify the underlined form of figurative language: “That spring day, their receiver antenna had just picked up a signal from across the narrow valley: Ping. Ping. Ping.

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What is onomatopoeia?

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“We hear deep, meaningful grunting –sounds a mountain might speak. And, then, over the rise, we see them. Gangur’s yaks are coming home….The shaggy herd gallops toward us. The yak’s thick coats hang down to their ankles”

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What is imagery?

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Identify the underlined form of figurative language: “The scenery before us seems heavy with emptiness.”

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What is a metaphor?

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