Deep within the wild, mountainous regions of Mongolia, a small group of nomads keeps the ancient art of eagle hunting alive. The traditional form of falconry involves training birds of prey to help hunt wild animals such as foxes and small hares—a powerful skill that has been handed down from father to son over thousands of years. German photographer Leo Thomas recently visited Western Mongolia’s Altai region to capture this fascinating culture.
Leo Thomas is a German photographer who was able to capture one of Mongolia’s ancient traditions. The ancient art of eagle hunting is still kept alive by a small group of nomads for thousands of years, passed down generation after generation. The tradition involves training birds of prey to help hunt wild animals such as foxes and small hares.
There are around 300 eagle keepers today, and only 1 out of 10 of them are women. Luckily Thomas had the chance to meet Zamanboi, who trains her trusted eagle on weekends when she’s not at school. She’s part of a Kazakh nomad family, and with her brother, Barzabai, they managed to keep their tradition going.
Scroll down below to check out some of Thomas’s amazing shots from Mongolia, and if you want more you can check his Instagram account.