WWF Russia confirms the presence of at least 51 snow leopards in Russia
The annual count of the snow leopard population has been completed in Russia. The work was carried out from February to May 2020 on the territories of the Republics of Altai, Tuva and Buryatia, which cover 70% of the snow leopard habitat in our country. The count was initiated by the WWF Russia with the participation of employees of state and public organizations for protection of the animal world. In 2020, the work was financially supported by the World Around You Foundation of the Siberian Wellness Corporation.
WWF Russia confirms the presence of 51 snow leopards, including 39 adults and 12 cubs in 7 broods. 35 snow leopards have been registered in the Altai, 11 in Tuva, and 5 in the Republic of Buryatia.
Participants of the count surveyed the snow leopard habitat in accordance with the snow leopard monitoring program, the first method for calculating the number and assessing the state of the snow leopard population in Russia. WWF Russia prepared and presented this program in 2016. The experts used a mobile app for snow leopard tracking developed by Next GIS (Moscow) in 2018 at the initiative of WWF Russia.
In the Republic of Altai, the work was performed by employees of Sailyugemsky National Park and the Directorate of Protected Areas on the Severo-Chuisky, Yuzhno-Chuisky, Katunsky, Kuraisky, and Sailyugem ranges. In the Republic of Tuva, the count was done by employees of the Uvs Nuur Basin Reserve on the Chikhachev, Mongun-Taiga, Tsagan-Shibetu, and Shapshalsky ranges. In the Republic of Buryatia the Asia-IRBIS NGO and Tunka National Park surveyed the Bolshoy Sayan, Kitoi and Tunka ranges.