Animals of the Altai
Consisting of pristine mountain forests, surrounded by steppes in the north and east, and by deserts and semi-deserts in the south and west, the region is a rich treasure trove of biodiversity.
Here, one finds over 200 species of rare and endemic plants and many wildlife species.
The snow leopard (Panthera uncia) and the world's largest wild sheep, the Altai argali (Ovis ammon ammon), roam the highlands of the Atlai and Sayan mountains, as well as the Siberian ibex (Capra sibirica), wolf (Canis lupis), brown bear (Ursus arctos) and lynx (Lynx lynx).
To address these issues, WWF is working with other NGOs, regional governments and international agencies to increase conservation activities.
This includes establishing a network of protected areas, national strategy plans for snow leopards and argali conservation, and working with local communities on environmental education and projects.
Where is the Altai-Sayan mountain region?
The Altai-Sayan mountain region is highlighted in brown below
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Altai-Sayan World Heritage Sites
Uvs Nuur Basin: Covering 1,068,853 hectares, the Uvs Nuur in Mongolia and Russia is one of the best-preserved natural steppe landscapes of Eurasia. The basin comprises several smaller lakes, notably Uvs Nuur Lake, which lies at 1,450m above sea level. As these lakes lie to the north of other inland seas of Central Asia, they are of key importance for waterfowl migration.