International Snow leopard day has been celebrated
In 2020, the event has been celebrated under “Eight Years of Our Companionship with Snow Leopard” in Khovd province. It was attended by the local authorities including Governor of Khovd province who promised to take specific conservation actions for the species. The event was organized in two sections: presentations on the actions undertaken in the past seven years and the planned activities for the 8th anniversary were made by eco-club members. Additionally, they made presentations on the snow leopard and its prey species in the region selected a mountain from Gobi-Altai, Khovd, Bayan-Ulgii, and Uvs provinces each in Western Mongolia. “The presentations on the species by a mountain (its suitable habitat) in the provinces have been much informative and supportive in collecting different types of information and data on the species and socio-economic issues at once. The school children have delivered their presentations in a simple, interactive, and participatory way to the audience and public” the event organizers said.
Eco-club students and their teachers were interviewed on Khovd TV. Their interview covered the International Snow Leopard Days that have been celebrated since 2013 and the conservation actions undertaken under the Days in Mongolia; the interesting stories on the species and human; and threat mitigation actions for the species including conflicts between the species and human. During the event, one of the public entertainments was a flash mob “A Happy Cub” which was shown on social media to draw public attentions to the species and its conservation. This flash mob was attended by over 250 individuals and directly downloaded at WWF-Mongolia Facebook. It was seen by 17200 Facebook users, liked by 442, and publicly shared by 160 users. The school children-eco club members represented 23 eco-clubs are happy to disseminate and teach the flash mob to their peers in their soums.
Eco-club students put 12 stickers with a message “Keep your distances at a size of adult snow leopard” on ATMs to prevent from “COVID-19”. This is a wise and informative approach for the public, ATM users, during this pandemic period. Importance of this year’s event has been specific with that it has been full of details on the past, present, and future in terms of the species population and habitat conservation and the motivated actions towards its conservation.