Flagship species

The Altai-Sayan Ecoregion is one of the last habitats of the wild sheep argali (Ovis ammon ammon).

Besides argali, another rare specie lives on the territory of the Altai-Sayan – Irbis or snow leopard (Uncia uncia).

These animals are often called “flagship species” because they are real alive symbols of the region.

The protection of these two mammals is the solution of the conservation problem of all high-mountain biological systems in the Altai and Sayan.