In the high mountains of Central Asia, you can hunt ibex in the same mountains where Marco Polo sheep
are hunted, with the same outfitters, from the same camps, at a small fraction of the cost.
For example, the number of Marco Polo sheep
has increased by 1,000, mountain sheep - by 2,000.
In makeshift stalls one could see the prized camels and their newborn, the Sarja, Karakul and Merino sheep with their freshly born kids, the Swiss, Holstein and local cows, the Marco Polo sheep
and the mountain goat.
It's very name conjures images of soaring mountains and the iconic wildlife of the region, Marco Polo sheep
World Conservation Society has been working in the region since 2006, mostly tracking Marco Polo sheep
Certain mammals, which could be found in abundance at one time have now become the rarest mammals in the world, such as the snow leopard, the Marco Polo sheep
and the Indus river dolphin.
Schaller now strives to save Marco Polo sheep
, snow leopards and other wildlife and assist the nomadic local people in achieving a measure of harmony between rangelands, livestock and wildlife.
Once you've accomplished these things, perhaps your dream will extend to Alaska, or Africa -- or even to Asia for Marco Polo sheep
The reserve is also home to the ibex and the rare Marco Polo sheep
35% of the residents responded that Marco Polo sheep
and argali bear significance for them; 26% of them believe that the animals are environmentally significant; 6% of the population said that they are important for future generations.
Aside from the Marco Polo sheep
, several types of rare birds are also unique to the Pamir Mountains, said Sims, the WCS chief.
The New York-based group has worked in the region since 2006, protecting a myriad of wildlife including the Marco Polo sheep
and the ibex.