On 28 March, a rare snow leopard was spotted near a herder settlement in the Delger soum of the Gobi-Altai Province of Mongolia. Then endangered animal has been chased back to mountainous area 18 km from the settlement, reported a conservationist in Gobi-Altai province.
Following the visit of the snow leopard, officials provided local herders with information about laws regarding endangered animals in Mongolia.
Mongolia prohibited hunting of snow leopards in 1972 and registered the rare creature as an endangered species in the Law on Animals in 2012.
It was also included in the Mongolian Red Book, registering rare or endangered animals in 2016. A total of 18 percent of snow leopard terrain is included in the country’s National Parks.