Poachers detained in Ile-Balkhash Reserve
The poachers captured 93 kg of carp, 58 kg of snakehead and one duck. The amount of damage inflicted to the reserve is more than 472 thousand tenge (about 84 thousand rubles), the penalty may be up to 4.81 million tenge (860 thousand rubles). Violation is the basis for initiating a criminal case in accordance with the Article 335 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan. All materials were transferred by reserve inspectors to the Internal Affairs’ bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The fight against poaching is an important step in preparing the territory for the release of tigers. A necessary condition for the appearance of the first predators in the reserve is a sufficient population density of wild ungulates, which form the prey basis of the tiger and at the same time are a valuable trophy for poachers.
“The Ile-Balkhash Reserve is located in wild, intact areas, with many boar, roe deer, birds and fish,” says Grigory Mazmaniants, director of the WWF-Russia Central Asian Program. - Unfortunately, not long ago, there was a paradise for poachers here. The appearance of the reserve rangers’ service allows us to hope that in five years, by the time of the release of the tigers, local residents and guests will not destroy the nature of this unique land.”
The Ile-Balkhash Reserve was created in order to restore the ecosystems suitable for tiger as major habitats. Its area is more than 415 164 ha. Tiger reintroduction program is designed for 20 years. The first release of striped predators is preliminary scheduled for 2025.
Video provided by the director of the Ile-Balkhash Reserve.