Eco club children are actively engaged in snow leopard conservation work
It is of vital importance to ensure participation of young people in nature conservation and therefore WWF-Mongolia engages eco club children into some research works. The recent example is that children from eco clubs of Mankhan, Zereg, Darvi, Chandmani, Munkhkhairkhan soums of Khovd province in the Altai-Sayan Mongolia part, were part of the team to install camera traps(from 3 November 2017 to 12 November 2017 ) in the snow leopard habitat together with rangers, volunteer rangers and WWF-Mongolia specialists. During the field work, children were given instructions on how to use GPS device and had a chance to understand the importance of researching snow leopards using camera traps. Children have also learned how to install camera traps and identify snow leopards’ footprint and scraps.
“We learned a lot about the snow leopards”, said members of “Guyem” eco club. “Although this animal attacks domestic livestock, we understood the reasons of protecting them. We especially liked the camera installation work to research these endangered animals. We really want to see the animals caught in camera traps that we just installed”, they added.
According to the researchers, these camera traps shall be collected end of December this year.