Archive | January, 2015

Mergen Markov (photo by F. Koopmans)

Former Poacher Receives Disney Conservation Hero Award

The Altai Project is thrilled to announce that Altai’s newest snow leopard protector, Mergen Markov, a former poacher, has been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award from Disney Conservation Fund!

Ice formations on a river

On Our Mind

Plans for 2015 – Pipelines, mining, raptor and snow leopard conservation, and much more!

Mergen bundled up and ready to ride out

Sergei’s report and photos from the field

Sergei Spitsyn and his team returned from a field expedition with new snow leopard evidence, incredible photos, and the successful removal of poachers’ snares.

Abandoned rocky corrals overlooking the Ukok Plateau

On Our Mind

We at The Altai Project remain deeply concerned about potentially irreversible damage to sacred lands and complex ecosystems.