The international voluntary camp “Wild Altai” took place in the Mountain Altai
The international voluntary camp took place in Kosh-Agach district of the Altai Republic – on the height of 3 500 m above sea level. For 2 weeks of the strenuous work the volunteers and WWF experts registered about 40 Altai mountain sheep, and one of the volunteers’ group managed to see the mysterious snow leopard! They saw the irbis moving among the big rocks very close to them. Moreover, the scientists got new photos and videos of the snow leopard and other animals on the Chikhacheva Range.
“To meet irbis in the mountains is a great piece of luck that falls to little people, - says Mikhail Paltsyn, WWF Russia project coordinator. – In this case people spent just 10 days in the mountains of Altai and saw the rare and mysterious lord of the local ranges.”
The results of the “Wild Altai” expedition confirmed the importance of the Chikhacheva Range for the international ecological tourism development. Two local residents were involved into the expedition organization that became for them the additional source of income. Moreover, due to the volunteers support about $4 500 were received – this money will be used to stop the illegal snaring in the Argut River valley and to restore the Argut population of the snow leopards, once the biggest in Russia.
The international voluntary camp “Wild Altai” was supported by The Altai Project, WWF Russia, Altaiskiy Reserve, the “Arkhar” regional organization and Roosevelt Wildlife Station.