– as a result of registration in the Altai Republic confirmed the presence of at least 31 snow leopard on the ridges: Katunsky, North – and South-Chuya, Kurai, saylyugem, southern Altai and Chikhacheva. This is a 13 snow leopards less than in 2019, – said Tetyana ivanytska, the press Secretary of the Altai-Sayan branch of WWF.
Scientists to this fact reacted with restraint.
– the Number of snow leopards below last year not because of the death of the animals, and due to the fact that some of the habitat of the species has remained unexplored. Blame bad weather conditions. Thus, Argue winter is not established ice, so the participants are unable to cross the river and some routes were not completed. Strong winds in the winter and spring also blew the tracks of wild animals in the snow, besides the snow cover was above normal, which complicated the moving experts. Participants are given note that the appearance of the camp site to the Kurai ridge has influenced the presence of snow leopards. Tourists are a factor of concern, and instead of three previously observed here snow leopards this year was registered only one male – said Alexander Karnaukhov, senior coordinator of the representative office of WWF in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion.
Participants account of IRBIS were members Saylyugemskiy national Park, the staff of the Directorate of specially protected natural territories of the Altai Republic”, the inhabitants of the Kosh-Agach district, as well as a student volunteer in the faculty of natural Sciences, University of Paris Sorbonne Mailis Muling.
During the accounting inspectors of the national Park Saylyugemskiy saved the life of a snow leopard, finding and eliminating the loop on the trail. Researcher Alex Kuznecov shot photos and videos of the snow leopard closeup of a conventional camera. This spring, Alex became a laureate of the first Prize, WWF name of Laura Williams for achievements in the field of wildlife conservation.
In the Russian Federation accounting of the snow leopard in 2016 is held annually in key areas of its activity: the republics of Altai, Tyva and Buryatia. All work conducted at the initiative and under the overall coordination of the world wildlife Fund (WWF) of Russia with the support of partners. In 2020, the account of the snow leopard in Russia was held with the assistance of the Foundation “World Around You” from the Corporation Siberian Wellness. According to experts WWF, the last few years the number of snow leopards in our country remains stable at the level of 70-90 individuals.