BENEFITING: BIOSPHERE EXPEDITIONS
In the Altai mountains in central Asia, this project conducts a survey of snow leopards as well as their prey species such as the argali mountain sheep and the Altai ibex. The area is an important but unprotected corridor of snow leopard movement from Mongolia to Russia and next to nothing is known about these movements and snow leopard numbers. The research, education and capacity-building activities of this project will be crucial in the fight for wild snow leopard survival.
This project works for the conservation of
Snow leopard (Uncia uncia), Altai ibex (Capra sibirica), argali (Ovis ammon ammon)
$50 will pay for a felt-making lesson for local people on how to utilise traditional skills to make snow leopard souvenirs, thereby creating economic incentives
$100 will pay for a ranger patrol for a week
$700 will create a training program for a local herder to become a ranger
$1000 will create an internship for a young, local up-and-coming conservationist
$3000 will buy a GPS tracking collar for a snow leopard
$5000 will create a full community-based conservation program
Donors who give $150 or more will receive a year's membership of the "Friends of Biosphere Expeditions", which includes various benefits such as the annual Biosphere Expeditions Magazine, event & expedition discounts and other membership benefits > more details on the Friends.
Donors who give $3000 or more will be invited to join our Altai snow leopard conservation project for two weeks in the field to help with and experience conservation in action, and to see what their donation does on the ground.