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Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can’t Even See Them

Snow Leopards are one of the most elusive creatures on the planet, and personally one of my favorite animals in the world. Their habitats are almost inaccessible by humans, and you have to endure freezing temperatures and rugged terrain once you even get there. Photos and videos of these magnificent creatures are pretty rare, and are celebrated when they are brought back for the world to see. The photographer who captured these incredible photos is named Inger Vandyke. She and a group of other photographers made the dangerous trek into the Indian Himalayas to try to track this camouflaged Snow Leopard in its natural habitat. This is a very difficult task to accomplish because a camouflaged Snow Leopard is almost completely concealed in its surroundings. Snow Leopards are also very stealthy creatures, which is one of the things that makes them so difficult to track and get close too. This group of photographers were able to endure the 17 days of freezing cold temperatures (sometimes as cold as -13F), and mountainous terrain to get some amazing photos of this elusive camouflaged Snow Leopard. The problem is that in some of them, they are almost impossible to spot! Snow Leopards conceal themselves so well in their natural habitat, that photographers will sometimes make the trip and not even be able to get pictures. Luckily for us, Inger Vandyke was able to capture some incredible ones and let the world enjoy them. You won’t want to miss these amazing photos of a camouflaged Snow Leopard.

Can you spot the Snow Leopard in this picture? It took me a while.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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Try one more time. This one may be even harder than the first.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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There you are! Snow Leopards have adapted to their environment better than almost any other animal. Their camouflage is so effective, even high-definition cameras can’t find them sometimes.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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These big cats are some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. I am awe every time I see a picture of one. Snow Leopards will stay concealed for a tremendously long time in order to track and stalk their prey.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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When they finally emerge, they go in for the kill. The dexterity and balance it must take to be able to run full speed over these rocks is incredible.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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Snow Leopards are excellent stalkers and hunters. They will track their prey for days, waiting for just the right moment to strike.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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Sometimes though, even the best laid plans go awry.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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This is clearly a look of disappointment and hunger. Photographer Inger Vandyke said that seven out of eight times this Snow Leopard attempted a kill, it was on the losing end.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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These photographs were taken during mating season.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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I would be ashamed too if I missed my food seven out of eight times.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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This guy looks like he’s been around the block.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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Maybe this rock will provide some comfort from not eating.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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Capturing photographs of this elusive species is a once in a lifetime experience.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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Watching the natural interactions between these majestic creatures must have been a sight to behold.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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Camouflaged Snow Leopards have extremely thick coats of fur to survive the frigid sub-zero temperatures of their habitat.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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All I can think of when I see this guy is Scar from Disney’s The Lion King.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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The terrain that these stunning animals live on is unbelievable.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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If you couldn’t find the camouflaged Snow Leopards in the top photo, here it is.

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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Here is the second one. Pretty good huh?

Snow Leopards Camouflage Themselves So Well That Their Prey Can't Even See Them
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These photos of camouflaged Snow Leopards are some fantastic images. When photographers are able to capture and share incredible photos like this, it really does do a lot for animal awareness. We get a rare glimpse into the daily lives and struggles of these animals, and I know that for me personally, it makes me care a lot more. We should all take a step back and just appreciate the beauty of nature, and the creatures around us.

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