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Land of Snow Leopard Festival was hold in Russia

16 october 2019
The Republic of Altai, a key snow leopard habitat in Russia at the border inMongoli8a, hosted the event for the 9th time always with the support of Altai-Sayan programme of WWF 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. 

IX republican festival
(c) WWF / Lubov Ivashkina
“The main goal of the festival is to raise awareness on snow leopard and other species conservation among young generation who live in the habitats of the rare species or close to protected area. We are eager to raise them with love to the nature that surround them and make them proud for their fantastic native land and the pristine nature of Altai”, says Tatiana Ivanitskaya, festival coordinator, the press-officer of Altai-Sayan Programme of WWF Russia.

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 DYI things made by the festival participants
(c) WWF / Lubov Ivashkina
“Since 2010 festival has thousands of participants, we almost had a generation of people grown up. They all will keep love to this animal and the passion for its protecting. It is our common task to save the snow leopards from extinction and let them again inhabit the area in the Altai mountains wh ere we lost them”, says Evgeny Munatov, the Vice-Minister of the Natural Resources of the Republic of Altai.

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. 

“When we receive the email and letters with “Land of the Snow Leopard” theme we always have a warm feeling. It means that what we, conservationists, do is echoed in the hearts of the people who live in Altai. We see such warm, creative and sincere works of art that we are sure, the snow leopard in Altai definitely have good future. The children are really good at raising awareness on conservation among their friends and relatives. We understand them as you cannot help loving this beautiful animal”, says Valentina Semenchenko, Vice-Director of Sailugemsky National Park.
For additional information please contact
Altai-Sayan ecoregional press-officer
Head of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregional Office