2019 results summarised at Sayano-Shushensky Biosphere Reserve

2019 results summarised at Sayano-Shushensky Biosphere Reserve

24 December 2019

Participants in a meeting of the research and technical council gathered in the Sayano-Shushensky Biosphere Reserve to summarise the results of the activity of the Sayano-Shushensky reserve and the Kirzinsky nature sanctuary in 2019.


In particular, they discussed the participation of employees from the department of specially protected natural areas preservation in the implementation of the grant project, the expedition The Snow Leopard: A Living Symbol of the Western Sayans, during which inspectors patrolled the territories of snow leopards brought from Tajikistan, and the local male leopard, Ichthyander.


Research department members spoke in detail about the translocation project which brought snow leopards from the Republic of Tajikistan. As part of the federal programme to recreate the snow leopard population in the Sayano-Shushensky reserve, the snow leopards underwent a veterinary examination and were put into quarantine under the supervision of specialists from the Krasnoyarsk Royev Ruchei Flora and Fauna Park before being brought to the reserve. Then they were moved to the reserve and during the adaptation period were kept in an enclosure built in a place that was typical for their habitat. They were given live food to maintain their hunting skills. Before the release, experts put a tracking collar on both animals.


The 2019 monitoring showed that the newcomers had successfully adapted to the reserve conditions, were successfully hunting and marking their territory to define the borders of their individual areas.