Two snow leopard cubs born at Central Park Zoo made their public debut to zoo-goers November 4th. Snow leopards are native to China and Mongolia.
Mongolian horses are sneaky, stout and shaggy, with large heads and long manes. They are well adapted to snowy winters.
Photos by Li Gang.
As part of the celebration of “Science Day” on Friday, the old Soviet astronomical observatory at Khurel Togoot is being reopened. It will be operated by the Mongolian Academy of Science.
Long-exposure star photography behind the observatory by Orgil Giga on flickr.
Tattoos found on the frozen body of a 2500-year old woman buried in the Altai mountains at the edge of Mongolia and Russia. The tattoos include a snow leopard eating a sheep, a beaked deer with very fancy antlers, a fish, and a lot of deer. Most of the 4-legged animals have their back and front legs facing in different directions.
With freshly-sharpened scissors
Set on an artful anvil
Honed on a bending rock
Clipping from the body
Of one hundred thousand jewels
The shell-white wool
Of the swan-white sheep
Who have grazed to their fill
Whose milk has thickened
Of the fertile sheep
Of a great lord
Measuring and piling it
In a white, dirtless place
Excerpt from an old song used in a traditional Mongolian feltmaking ceremony. Thick warm felt made of goat, camel, or sheep wool, is used for the covering of gers, the traditional round tent lived in by Mongolian nomads.
Painting of felt-making process by B. Sharav.
Deer Stone. Photo by Art Wolfe.
Deer stones are 1-5 meter tall stones standing upright in Mongolia and Siberia, carved with images of deer or reindeer with fancy antlers. Most of them seem to have been constructed about three thousand years ago. Their original purpose is still a mystery, theories include grave markers, religious shrines, or navigation aids.
Winter is eagle-hunting season in Mongolia, so here’s another photo of an eagle-hunter by Jimmy Nelson.
Members of the Kazakh ethnic minority in Western Mongolia capture golden eagle chicks and train them to take down wild sheep, foxes, and even wolves. After ten or fifteen years, the eagles are returned to the wild to live out the rest of their lives and hatch the next generation of hunting eagles.
Eagle hunters are called “berkutchis”.