Snow Leopard named Khan in Russia travels for a hundred kilometers

Camera traps of WWF and Sailugemsky Countrywide Park confirmed movements of a dominant male snow

Camera traps of WWF and Sailugemsky Countrywide Park confirmed movements of a dominant male snow leopard

Computerized cameras of WWF and Sailugemsky National Park&#13
recorded a male snow leopard named Khan&#13
in the western component of the South Chuisky Vary in Russia, Siberia, close to&#13
Mongolia border. A 12 months ago, digicam traps recorded Khan in the eastern section of the identical ridge. Scientists conclude:&#13
Khan moves a hundred kilometers in a straight line together the territory of the&#13
South Chuisky ridge of the Altai Republic.

Khan snow leopard

(c) WWF / Sailugemsky Nationwide Park

“If the predators travel this kind of very long distances, they may well deficiency prey. For snow leopards in Russia, the major prey is the Siberian ibex, the number of which on the South Chuisky ridge had been lowering just about every 12 months. In reality, the distances included by snow leopards can be a lot more than a hundred kilometers, but the snow leopards do not go in a straight line, they transfer all-around the territory of the hunting spot, methodically patrolling their possessions”, feedback Alexander Karnaukhov, Senior Venture Coordinator of the WWF-Russia’s Consultant Place of work in Altai- Sayan ecoregion.

WWF specialists and WWF’s associates, the biologists of the&#13
Asia-Irbis NGO from Irkutsk city, have already recorded the motion of snow&#13
leopards in excess of a 100-kilometres-lengthy length in a straight line. In 2018, in the&#13
Buryatia Republic, on the Eastern Sayan ridge, digicam traps recorded the snow&#13
leopard known as Munko who travelled over 110 kilometers in a straight line from&#13
the stage he was registered by digital camera traps ahead of. In winter of 2021, Munko&#13
also checked in Mongolia at a distance of additional than 150 kilometers from the place&#13
of level in Russia wherever he was registered by computerized cameras.

A male snow leopard&#13
named Khan in the Kosh-Agach District&#13
of the Altai Republic has been recorded by digicam traps considering that 2013. Khan became the first Russian snow&#13
leopard that was captured on video clip with an regular digicam not a camera trap.

Khan snow leopard in 2012 (c) Ivan Usanov / Sailugemsky nationwide park

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Khan’s&#13
picture was captured by cameras set in 2020 by neighborhood inhabitants of the Altai&#13
Republic who are the individuals of the joint snow leopard conservation&#13
undertaking of WWF-Russia, Pernod Ricard corporation and the Salugemsky Nationwide Park.&#13
The project’s objective is to include neighborhood inhabitants in the defense of the snow&#13
leopard by furnishing them with the substitute cash flow from digital camera –&#13
trapping merged with an awareness programme. Because 2015, Altai villagers who&#13
are living in snow leopard habitats close to Mongolian border in the pretty coronary heart of&#13
snow leopard habitat in Russia, have turn into volunteer to conservationists: they&#13
set up digital camera traps, report on environmental violations, and acquire a reward&#13
for this. So, nearby hunters small by very little modify their frame of mind to&#13
the unusual predator and achieve a more constructive perspective in direction of a species, they commence&#13
to enjoy the animal and strive to protect the snow leopard, and give up&#13
poaching.

 

Snow leopard captured by neighborhood men and women of Altai in 2020

(c) WWF / Sailugemsky National Park

In 2020, in the Republic of Altai, five neighborhood&#13
inhabitants grew to become members of the project. In overall, hunters have set up&#13
and are checking 30 computerized cameras on an space of ​​more than 300,000&#13
hectares. Past year, animals, most probably wolverines or bears, damaged 4&#13
digicam traps. In 2020 the nearby residents registered 74 passes (appearances) of&#13
snow leopards in the Kosh-Agach region of the Altai Republic using cameras. 

For additional information please call

Altai-Sayan ecoregional push-officer

Senior Task Coordinator