Ukok Nature Park had an off-road vehicle as WWF present
WWF Altai-Sayan Programme experts had an official ceremony of delivering the new UAZ off-road car to Leonard Takhanov, the Director of Zona Pokoya Ukok Nature Park in the Republic of Altai. The car is equipped with additional motor cable winch, an automatic locking rear differential, rooftop cargo carrier and the additional set of off-road tires. After all legal procedures are finished the car will be ready for field trips. The first antipoaching raid is planned for the beginning of March to the Karagem place to monitor the snow leopard and its prey within the wide-sale snow leopard census.
The money to purchase the car and support the additional antipoaching raids in Ukok Nature Park were donated by WWF Russia supporters after the call for action to save the snow leopard in Ukok.
The story of the present goes back to summer of 2017 when WWF Altai-Sayan Programme experts in partnership with Sailugemsky National Park and Zona Pokoya Ukok Nature Park had first ever camera trapping on Ukok Plateau. The goal of the expedition was to find the evidence of the snow leopard presence on Ukok Plateau as no any cameras had ever been set in the area before. The monitoring was supported by M-Video, WWF Russia long-term corporate partner. Last year in August the experts set 10 cameras along Russian-Mongolian and Russian-Chinese borders. In September one of the cameras registered a female snow leopard with two cubs. She got the name Yuzahnka (Sothern).
In 2017 and 2018 WWF also provided the Zona Pokoya Ukok Nature Park with 10 camera traps, field uniform, navigator, notebook and camera within the joint project with VTB-bank on conservation of big cats in Russia.
Zona Pokoya Ukok Nature Park, a protected are of regional subordinate, was established in 2005 in Kosh-Agach District of the Republic of Altai at the junction of the borders of Russia, China and Mongolia. A big part of the lies within the boundaries of the UNESCO Nature Heritage Object, the Golden Mountains of Altai.