40-Let Kyrgyzia St. 2-33
Irbis is the first NGO in the former Soviet Union solely dedicated to the preservation of snow leopards. The group's founders, Oleg and Irina Loginov, are biologists who worked for many years at the Almaty Zoo in Kazakstan, where they became acquainted with the plight of the snow leopard. The Loginovs began writing a column in an Almaty newspaper, publicizing the threat that poaching and declining habitat posed to the snow leopard. From this column, Irbis was born in 1993. Irbis distributes a quarterly newsletter educating people about the need for snow leopard protection and organizes anti-poaching campaigns. In the spring of 1997, Irbis joined forces with Sacred Earth Network to work collaboratively on the Eurasian Snow Leopard Project.
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).
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