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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Saiga antelope

Saiga antelopes, a small species of antelope about the size of goat, were once as prolific in the Central Asian steppes as bison were on the plains of North America. Illegal hunting, human disruptions to their habitat, and a 2015 bacterial plague, combined with other threats to their survival, has led to a precipitous population…

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Camera-trapping along the Argut River – 2010

Baby ibex checking out our cameratrap

In 2010, a local team returned from an expedition along the lower and middle Argut River. With the participation of residents from the nearby village of Inegen, they set camera traps in likely locations to learn more about what animals still inhabit the area. The camera traps are part of a larger project funded by…

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Lake Kindyktykul [2015]

Lake Kindyktykul (“Kin-dik-tik-kool”) borders Chikhachev Ridge in southeastern Altai and is home to over 20 species of endangered birds.

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