2015 Land of the Snow Leopard festival

Since its inception in 2009, this Festival has expanded into a popular youth-centered environmental movement with schoolchildren coming from as far away as Mongolia.

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Kazakhstan taking steps to protect Snow leopards [2022]

The snow leopard is one of Kazakhstan’s rarest animals and a national symbol. Populations are scattered, stretching from high, rugged mountain range habitats in the east (administrative regions of East Kazakhstan and Almaty) to the south (administrative regions of Zhambyl and South Kazakhstan), complicating getting an accurate population count. Estimates place the number of snow…

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Snow leopard surprise in eastern Mongolia [2023]

Snow leopard ascends a steep rocky slope

The recent discovery of a snow leopard in Mongolia’s Ikh Nart Nature Reserve—more than 250 km (155 miles) from the nearest known population—is one of the easternmost observations of the species and has big implications for understanding the species and improving conservation planning. Although Ikh Nart is in a region assessed to be a low-quality…

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2022 – Year in review and an invitation

Winter aronia berries.

Saying that a lot has happened this year is a wild understatement. At The Altai Project, we have launched a multi-year initiative in Central Asia and adjusted ways of working in Russia and Eurasia. We are continuously assessing and adapting as the waves of change roll over us.

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My Internship in Altai [2016]

My name is Audrey Jost, and I am from France and I study Biology and Ecology. During the last year of my Master’s degree program, I went to Russia for 4 months to work on felid conservation. Thanks to Jennifer Castner and The Altai Project’s help, I was accepted to participate in an internship at…

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