ASU biologists discussed the problems of snow leopard research and preservation

14 July 2016 Faculty of Biology

Biologists of Altai State University met with research associate of Altai State Biosphere Nature Reserve Sergey V. Spitsyn, who devoted his life to research and preservation of snow leopard. The meeting took place in Yailyu village.

“Sergey V. Spitsyn gave us information about the work, which is conducted at Altai Nature Reserve, about problems and challenges. We familiarized ourselves with the materials registered by trail cameras, videos made in the course of expeditions. We discussed possible ways of joint work, shaped a plan of further cooperation in studying and preserving ounces. For the present moment, we have scheduled a joint expedition. The participants will include not only professional phenologists, but also students of the Faculty of Biology,” says Assistant Professor of the Department of Zoology and Physiology, Candidate of Biology Tatiana V. Antonenko.

The snow leopard or once (Uncia uncia or Panthera uncia) is the only large cat species adapted to living in severe conditions of highlands. It is a rare species, which has been preserved only due to inhabiting the hard-to-reach highland areas of Central Asia. According to the most recent data, the number of snow leopard living in Russia is less than 100.
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