“The Land of the Snow Leopard” Gathers Friends
The event was held as part of the implementation of the National Strategy for the Conservation of the Snow Leopard in the Kyrgyz Republic for 2013–2023 and in the frame of the Bishkek Declaration on the Preservation of the Snow Leopard, under the initiative of the WWF project “Creating an Ecological Network in the Central and Inner Tien Shan”, supported together with the Sarytchat Eertash State Reserve and akim Ak-Suu district.
The festival attracts the attention of residents of the Issyk-Kul and Naryn regions, and of the country as a whole, to the importance of preserving the snow leopard and necessity of careful attitude towards the natural resources.
“The Land of the Snow Leopard” was visited by representatives of the district
and local state administration, residents of the high mountain villages
Akshyrak, Enilchek of the Issyk-Kul region, residents of the village
Tash-Bashat of the Naryn region, and residents of the Aksuy district. The
residents of the settlements from the surroundings of the Sarytchat-Ertashsky and Narynsky state
reserves took an active part in organizing and conducting the celebration.
Songs, dances, poems at the festival were dedicated to the bear, argali, marten, deer and other animals of the region. The event culminated in a snow leopard dance.
Its already a long period of time, that the festival is a brand identity of the Central Tien Shan, and this year residents of Inner Tien Shyn also participated in the bright celebration.
“Every year, the Festival “The Land of
the Snow Leopards” collects more and more friends,” commented Olga
Pereladova, scientific adviser of the Central Asian Program at WWF Russia, “We are pleased that the people of the
region take the holiday with such an enthusiasm”.
The WWF is confident that “the Land of the Snow Leopard” makes a significant contribution to eco-educational activities and the development of eco-tourism. “We are need to maintain this beautiful tradition,” said Olga Pereladova, “this celebration doesn’t only provide joy, but helps to change the attitude of local residents and to involve them in active work to solve the problem of preserving the flora and fauna of this unique region”.
Photo in the caption: (c) Anton Agarkov / WWF Russia