Scientists Discussed Conservation of Snow Leopard Population

Scientists Discussed Conservation of Snow Leopard Population

Nur-Sultan city hosted a discussion on the ways to conserve the snow leopard population in Central and South Asia. Representatives from 12 countries gathered for the event.

The participants spoke about the need to create a single global information center in Almaty with experts from the UN Development Program. The goal is to collect the available research and statistical data on the animals.

Another project that was discussed is the establishment of an international gene laboratory. The speakers said that the lab can be opened at the Ile-Alatau National Nature Park.

Research has been done on the leopard population, its habitat and ecosystem analysis.

According to Director of Snow Leopard Foundation, Yerzhan Yerkinbayev, memorandum on cross-border cooperation will be presented to the scientific community.

All the countries, where the snow leopard lives, had taken some measures and programs to save the endangered animal.

The representatives of the countries gathered at one negotiating table to discuss joint actions to preserve this beautiful animal.

Efforts on saving the snow leopard include the use of landscape satellite images, the allocation of five kilometers of areas for monitoring purposes, installing camera traps, gathering information on traces of snow leopards and conducting genetic research.

“When all these data will be collected for several years, all 12 countries will calculate using one methodology and gathered into one database,” said Director of World Wildlife Fund’s Central Asia Program, Gregoriy Mamanyants.

The snow leopard is under the protection of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and is also listed in the national Red Books of all 12 countries. There are only 4,000 snow leopards in the world while in Kazakhstan there are only about 130 to 150 left.

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