Expedition to study wild cats starts in South Siberia

Expedition to study the snow leopard, lynx, and Pallas in southern Siberia starts on Wednesday from Khakassia federal reserve "Pozar", according to the website of Khakassia Reserve.

The expedition scientists Sayano-Shushenskaya and Khakassia reserves, as well as security staff and operations group reserve "coveted." Field studies conducted in the framework of a research project for the study and conservation of rare species of wild cats in South Siberia. Earlier it was reported that the implementation of the project of the Russian Geographic Society (RGS) allocates 5.5 million rubles. The project is designed to 1 June 2013.

Among the objectives of the project — the study of nutrition, monitoring and holding prey zoological veterinary examination of natural populations of wild cats. Scientists also hope that the project will attract the attention of the local population to preservation of these unique animals like leopards, manul and lynx.

"The ceremonial start of the expedition will be held on September 5 … Its purpose is to determine the migration corridor of snow leopards. Based on these data we can work together to correct the protected areas in the region to strengthen measures to protect endangered species," — said in a statement of the reserve.

A stay in the snow leopard habitat and in the field to learn how to study wild cats can also members of the tour "Wild Cats of Southern Siberia", organized by the RGS.

"Journalists will visit nature reserves" Khakassia "," Sayano-Shushenskaya "State Reserve and federal" Pozar ", that is, natural areas, which are home to the rare members of the cat family — the snow leopard, lynx, and Pallas. Boundaries reserves cover almost all the snow leopard habitat in Russia, as well as the territories inhabited by other wild cat on the verge of extinction, "- says environmentalists.

Snow leopard (ounce) is an endangered species. The Red Data Book of the Russian Federation and was awarded the first category — "look, which is under threat of extinction at the limit of the range." According to scientists, Russia is home to the northern group of the snow leopard population. The total number of snow leopards in Russia, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is not more than 80-100 individuals, most of whom are concentrated in five key groups in the south of the Krasnoyarsk region, Tuva and Altai Mountains.

Pallas Cat in the Red Book of the Russian Federation referred to the rare animals of the third category — "a rare species, which has a small population and distributed in a limited area."

Lynx though is more common representative fauna of the country, but refers to a vulnerable mind with declining species.

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