Tag Archives | Russia

Chaga-Bayram Altaian winter new year ceremony (Photo by M. Erlenbaeva)

Altai’s Indigenous peoples – what’s in a name?

Russia officially recognizes 47 small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia, and Far East. Roughly 23% of the almost 147 million people living in Russia (as of 2021) are not ethnically Russian.  The government classifies Indigenous peoples living in the country in three ways: “Small-numbered peoples” (less than 50,000 individuals), “Indigenous peoples” living in the North, […]

Two snow leopard kittens tumbling playfully on a rocky slope

Snow Leopard conservation in Russia: a timeline

The Altai Project has invested more than $210,000 in snow leopard conservation in Russia to date (largely 2010-2015, but continuing today). We pooled expertise with other international institutions involved in protecting this big cat. To expand on the saying “many hands make light work,” many hands also strengthen the work by contributing funds, scientific and […]

A snow leopard in Argut, Altai Republic (photo by S. Spitsyn)

Snow Leopard Conservation

The Snow leopard is endangered across its entire range in Central Asia, including in Russia. Snow leopard conservation and science are important tools in saving the species.

Four male argali sheep stand on a hillside in Altai Republic, Russia

Altai Argali wild sheep

Description of the Altai Argali wild sheep species, its conservation value, threats, and protection efforts.