A conservation centre in China’s Tibet has captured images of snow leopards for the first time in the eastern part of the autonomous region, state media Xinhua reported. Twenty infrared cameras installed in the Nugjiang River Valley captured the footage of baby leopards with their mother, local officials said.

The species are categorised as “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and is a Class A protected animal in China. “We have captured images of baby leopards with their mother, which indicates a certain quantity of the rare species live in the region,” said Zhao Xiang, head of the Shan Shui Conservation Center.

Snow leopards have been spotted in the Himalayas in central and south Asia at an altitude of 2,500 to 4,500 meters.