Scientific research in Khakassky Reserve supported by WWF

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World Wide Fund for Nature

World Wide Fund for Nature

Annual expedition to Pozarym Wildlife Refuge aimed at study of rare and endangered species finished at the end of February.

This year, the research was supported by the World Wide Fund for Nature. Scientists from Khakassky Reserve and invited experts made more then 1,500 km by snowmobiles and 50 km on foot, downloaded photographs taken by camera traps, and performed technical maintenance of over 30 cameras. These camera traps were installed in the refuge 5 years ago, and since then they took about 70 thousand photos.

Checking camera traps

Checking camera traps

The researchers managed to do a 6-day visual observation of Siberian ibex—animal listed in the Red Data Book, carried out biotechnological activities and performed annual winter counts in the protected area.

Expedition plans for 2017 include observation of remote areas for the purpose of finding more traces of rare species, such as snow leopard, Siberian ibex, and reindeer.

This winter has been not snowy, especially in mountain taiga areas, which complicated the researcher’s work and influenced animal life.

Siberian ibex in Pozarym Wildlife Refuge

Siberian ibex in Pozarym Wildlife Refuge

For example, most ungulates migrated to easily traversable mountains and taiga areas, such as flood plains, southern slopes and ravines. Because of that, the average number of species in a group increased—the researchers found herds of up to 20 red deer at a time. This brought about another change: increase in the number of wolves in the Pozarym Refuge. Another predator—lynx—migrated from high mountains to low and middle mountain belts: no traces of lynx were registered in high mountainous areas.

The data received during the expedition are being processed and will be presented later.

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