|Taken from infomongolia.com|
For those who have the time….
In Mongolia? Absolutely!
|Image of a snow leopard in Mongolia from snowleopardconservancy.org|
Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) are endangered and only found in the rugged mountains of Central Asia. As with other wildlife species, human threats have created an uncertain future for these beautiful animals despite a range of over 2 million (square) kilometres, there are estimated only to be between 4000-6500 snow leopards left in the wild which is heartbreaking.
Back to Mongolia. The Tost Mountains in the southern Gobi have one of the densest populations of snow leopards in the world (yes, you read that correctly – snow leopards in the southern Gobi).
Unfortunately, Tost is not a protected area and is located in a region of Mongolia where mining activity is increasing with currently 22 mining licenses threatening the area.
The Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation in Mongolia (an NGO) are looking for funding to produce a documentary to help raise awareness of this situation and to campaign for the importance of turning the region into a national park.
|The 69th Yokozuma – Mongolian bord Munkhbat Davaajargal.
Image from Reuters/Thomas Pete
‘risen through the ranks on the back of his greta strength, agility and flexibility.’
It mentions that
‘many have compared his rural upbringing in Mongolia to that of the great Japanese wrestlers of the past, able to develop his core power by horse riding and carrying heavy objects as a youth.’
|The Mongolian Uniqa Sandliner team. Image from infomongolia.com|
For the first time a Mongolian team has participated and completed the Dakar Rally in the car category – all 9000km of it! Mongolian roads must have proved a good training ground!
The team (Uniqa Sandliner) were driving a Toyota Landcruiser 200. Altogether, 420 teams competed in which 216 completed (for those that like statistics – 79 were motorbikes, 18 were quads, 68 were cars and 51 were trucks).
This is what the driver – Lkhamma Namchin had to say about the experience prior to the race:
‘It will be the first time a Mongolian will do the Dakar in a car. The people in Mongolia are very happy about this news and I will try my best in 2015. I also have experience in car races. I often participate in races either on bikes or in cars in Mongolia. You can’t race alone in a car, it’s a team effort. I would like to help my team and do my best to make it to the finish of the race.’
|Image from the Independent.co.uk|