|Town/Region||Almaty State Nature Reserve, Ile-Alatau National Park , Kolsaiskie Lakes National Park|
|Date||13 Feb 2020|
The Turkestan lynx (Lynx lynx isabellina Blyth, 1847) is a rare subspecies of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx L., 1758), listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Kazakhstan (“Status III, a rare subspecies, the area and number of which are reducing”). This elusive cat is a rare representative of the carnivorans (order Carnivora) inhabiting the Tien Shan Mountains.
We plan to conduct the research in three specially protected nature territories in the Northern Tien Shan: The Ile-Alatau State National Nature Park (SNNP), Almaty State Nature Reserve and Kolsai Kolderi National Nature Park.
These studies conducted using traditional and remote sensing methods (camera traps) will allow us to obtain the data on population and conservation status of lynx, and evaluate their prey base and feeding habits.
Considering the major threats such as habitat degradation and fragmentation, poaching, loss of prey base, conflict with livestock farmers (retaliatory killing due to livestock depredation), we will conduct research, the results of which will be used to create conservation strategies; improve the network of protected areas and increase their management efficiency; for educational purposes and to improve awareness of local population living in the habitats of this large carnivore.
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