National Geographic : 1971 Nov
CAMOUFLAGED behind a rocky parapet, the snow leopard (right) surveys her domain. The cats feed on musk deer, hares, wild sheep, and Kashmir markhors (below). Spiraling horns and white ruff characterize markhor rams, which often lead solitary lives except during the rutting season. In winter markhors drop to lower slopes, where forage is more plentiful. There they climb evergreen oaks, teetering along their branches to browse on leathery leaves. The snow leopards also descend from the heights in search of prey. In the valleys the cats find domestic animals an easy mark. Here, too, they confront their only 704 serious enemy-man.