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The Altai Project’s mission is to protect nature and strengthen communities in Russia’s Altai Republic. Our goals are:

  • Biodiversity conservation and wildlife protection – Read more…
  • Supporting indigenous organizations in their efforts to restore and protect their traditional lands, lifeways, and languages – Read more…
  • Promoting renewable energy and environmentally sustainable design – Read more…
Climbing up above the lake (photo by A. Rhodes)

Three Men Making a Difference

Sergei Spitsyn, Mergen Markov, and Danil Mamyev are wonderful examples of perseverance in the face of tremendous challenge.

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Reforming Poachers

This past February, several teams totaling 25 trackers, rangers, and experts documented that these cats, one of Russia’s most endangered species, are still roaming the area.

Entrance of Denisova Cave

On Our Mind in March

Native Americans share genetic markers linking them directly back to ancient peoples who lived in the greater Altai region 20,000-25,000 years ago.

TAP director, Jennifer Castner

On Our Mind in February

Because of you, we are able to distribute more support to our Altaian partners and expand our fundraising and international reach.

Lake Kindyktykul, looking toward Tyva/Mongolia (photo by A. Rhodes)

The Lake with a Belly Button

In Altaian the name literally means “lake with a belly button “, and the lake has a small island in its center that is an important wildlife refuge for endangered waterbirds.