Siberian Federal District, Russia
Snow Leopard Conservation in Central AsiaIn Land Rovers and on foot, climb Central Asia’s mountains in pursuit of snow leopards. Volunteers search for the elusive green-eyed cats by tracking their footprints, scat, and prey: the argali (mountain sheep) and the Altai ibex. The expeditions provide data that can be used to help protect the endangered cats. At night, retreat to a base camp at 7,500 feet. Snowy peaks tower overhead, and the immense, open steppe stretches out below. —Kellie Schmitt
Mountain Ghosts: About $2,700 for two weeks, including food and lodging. (800) 407-5761, biosphere-expeditions.org.
Other Trips to Help Animals
Whales in Costa Rica
Orangutans in Indonesia
Meerkats in South Africa
Elephants in Thailand
Horses in California
Photo from Biosphere Expeditions. This story appeared in the November/December 2011 issue.