5. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) staff looking at snow leopard transect map
6. WWF Snow Leopard biologist checking transect
7. WWF Snow Leopard Ranger measuring snow leopard footprint
8. Still photo of snow leopard
9. Big cat pelts at Frankfurt airport
10. Leopard handbag
11.Various of nomads and local people in Altai region
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Chimed Ochir, Head of World Wildlife Fund, Mongolia
"We are implementing some kind of incentive programme to promote income generation, and secondly we would like to - through the promotion of the income generation - to make snow leopards a little bit friendly for the people."
13. Chimed talking to local snow leopard project coordinator
14. Walking into house
15. Various of knitted products
16. Various of socks and gloves
17. Cashmere and camel products
18. SOUNDBITE (Mongolian) Darimaa, Snow Leopard Project, Local Coordinator for Turgen Som, Uvs Aimag (NB Mongolians only have one name)
"The rangers are going on patrol and I'm travelling a lot in the project area, so if there are snow leopards killed, it's easy to record."
The Altai Mountains in Mongolia - a spectacular region straddling Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan. It's one of the most remote places on earth where local people are still mostly nomadic, living very traditional lives.
Each autumn, camel caravans move nomad communities to their winter place and in spring the camels travel back to the summer area.
As well as the nomads who live here, the Altai mountains are home to an estimated 700 snow leopards - one of the most endangered animals on earth. Scientists think only around seven-thousand remain worldwide.
The international conservation organisation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), works extensively in this area in a bid to save the snow leopard from extinction. A locally based snow leopard biologist and snow leopard ranger regularly visit snow leopard transects - or specially chosen lines - to count the number of animals. Rocks are smelt for snow leopard spray and footprints are measured.
Since 1992, W-W-F in Mongolia has been working with the government to establish a system of large protected areas to protect the country's outstanding biodiversity. The hunting or trading of these animals is also strictly banned, although many threats remain.
Until recently, the killing of snow leopards for their valuable fur was the single biggest threat to the species - these pelts are just a handful of the hundreds of illegal animal goods seized at Frankfurt airport in Germany.
Another problem is declining natural prey species like the ibex - a mountain goat. With a less dependable supply of food, snow leopards increasingly kill livestock which creates conflict with local herders and nomads.
W-W-F says this is becoming the single most important conservation issue related to large predators like the snow leopard. That's why the fund supports alternative income programmes for herders, hunters and nomads.
Nomads and villagers in the west of Mongolia, where the snow leopard lives, now earn revenue by knitting cashmere and camel clothing. Herders use wool from their camels, sheep and in some cases, cashmere goats to make these products.
W-W-F is working to expand Irbis Enterprises - the west Mongolian cooperative. To participate in the programme herders sign contracts agreeing that there will be no poaching of snow leopards, or their main prey species. An annual bonus of 20 per cent is payable if all contract conditions are met.
In 2000 the community earned 800 U-S dollars. Here, that's a lot of money and a big incentive for taking snow leopard protection seriously. If anyone from the community kills a snow leopard the entire cooperative loses the ability to sell the handicrafts.
Darimaa is the local project coordinator for this district. She lives in the administrative centre, which moves with the herders into the mountains every summer. She works in the pharmacy so all the herders know her well, which means she's a trusted member of the community.
W-W-F helps to distribute these handicrafts in Ulaan Bator, Mongolia's capital, and other cities. This concrete W-W-F project appears to show that sustainable development does work and its success means that critically endangered species like the snow leopard have a chance.
Since its launch, Irbis has expanded to two other districts. More than 200 herders are now involved and the future looks ever brighter.