WWF released first ever captured pictures of snow leopard on Ukok Plateau
Ukok Plateau became famous worldwide for the ancient mummy, Princess of Ukok, being excavated in Ukok in 1993. Ukok is a remote and pristine grasslands area located in the Altai Mountains region of Russia near the borders with China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The plateau is recognized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site entitled Golden Mountains of Altai.
The area was considered only a potential snow leopard habitat and no serious research has ever been done on Ukok. This year thanks to financial support from M.Video Company WWF Altai-Sayan Programme initiated first ever camera-trapping of snow leopard in Ukok Plateau.
Sailugemsky National Park became the key partner for WWF for snow leopard monitoring in Ukok Plateau.
No matter that Ukok Plateau is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and Zona Pokoya Ukok Nature Park was established here the resources and capacities of the regional protected area are extremely limited. WWF plans to help the nature park with equipment and capacity building.