How a poacher turned gamekeeper is helping the survival of these endangered cats….
These pictures were taken by a former poacher who has now defected to work for nature protection in the Altai Mountains in southern Siberia. The latest expedition to the Argut River valley – once the most populated region for snow leopards in Russia – brought some sensational results.
The expedition was organised by Altai regional ‘Arkhar‘ organisation which works closely with Russian WWF on nature protection.
In March 2013 the unnamed man from a remote village – who for years was a professional hunter of snow leopards – was offered a deal that meant that he gave up poaching hunting and started working on protecting the animals.
The result is these pictures.
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