Shamshy Wildlife Reserve, Snow Leopards New Den

24 October 2020 # Hope

Snow leopards are showing up on camera traps in places they've never been seen before – thanks to an innovative programme in Kyrgyzstan.

Just two years ago, Shamshy was a concession for high-paying trophy hunters looking to bag an ibex. Today, it’s protecting those prey animals that snow leopards depend on.

President Atambayev deserves accolades for not only mainstreaming snow leopard conservation in Kyrgyzstan, but also across the range,
If more heads of state acted like Atambayev, the outlook for the world’s wildlife might be that much brighter.