How a Hunting Reserve Became a Snow Leopard Sanctuary

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Picture of snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan

Saving Kyrgyzstan’s snow leopards is a high priority for the species. In March the country’s president set aside a former hunting reserve as a protected natural habitat for the animals.

Kyrgyzstan’s president is taking bold steps to protect a crucial Central Asian population of the cats, long seen as sacred by his citizens.

Saving Kyrgyzstan’s snow leopards is a high priority for the species. In March the country’s president set aside a former hunting reserve as a protected natural habitat for the animals.

By Adam Cruise

PUBLISHED June 15, 2016
For the elusive snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan, a satisfying meal consists of an ibex or an argali. As it happens, these wild relatives of goat and sheep—bearers of spectacular, curved horns—are also the quarry of trophy hunters.
Although a quota system has been in place to regulate the number of animals taken for trophies, until recently intense illegal hunting in…

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