Land of Snow Leopard Festival was hold in Russia
The gala-concert of the IX republican festival “The Land of the Snow Leopard” was hold on the 11th of October in Gorno-Altaisk, the capital city of the region. This year 2000 children took part in the festival and 200 of them became the final winners of the contests and the participants of the gala-concert. The delegations from each district of the Republic of Altai came to the Gorno-Altaisk to celebrate the event and closing ceremony of the festival. Since 2015 when the festival was officially listed as the official event of the Republic of Altai the event has been supported by the regional Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Education and Science. Sailugemsky national park, a key partner of WWF Russia in the field of snow leopard conservation in Altai stays the key organizer of the event.
The winners of the final contests all came to Gorno-Altaisk. The team of children and teachers from Kosh-Agach district of the Republic of Altai took the top prize again! It was the fifth time the team of Kosh-Agach had become the top winner of the festival. This district is the key habitat of the snow leopard in the region, since 2010 when Sailugemsky national park was established here with WWF support the snow leopard conservation has been enhanced in the area as well as the awareness project have been expended.
The children act through art and science. All contests of the festival are related to the most mysterious creature of Altai mountains and the other rare species. Thousands of works of art, posters, pictures, poems and videos, are received annually by the organizers. Thousands of children who call for snow leopard cannot be ignored or missed by the adults. In 2015 the festival was officially listed as the official event of the Republic of Altai. Since than the event has been supported by the regional Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Education and Science. Sailugemsky national park, a key partner of WWF Russia in the field of snow leopard conservation in Altai stays the key organizer of the event.
This year the festival had two contests for the final gala-concert “Snow leopard fashion” and ‘Face Art”. These colourful contests are the new traditions of the festival. “Snow leopard defile and the faces of children painted as animals’ faces are moving and touching.
The Republic of Altai is truly the land of the snow leopard. According to the results of the latest snow leopard survey the Republic Altai hosted 43 snow leopard out of 65 individuals registered in Russia in 2019. For the last nine years the children of the Republic of Altai have contributed to conservation of those snow leopards within the frames of the festival. The efforts of the local people and the conservation organizations are fruitful. The number of the snow leopards has been stable for the last five years. There is a slight increase un numbers for instance in the Argut river valley in the Republic of Altai.