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Protecting snow leopards at the front line

In the mountains of Kyrgyzstan Joldoshbek Akunov, the team leader of the snow leopard anti-poaching unit called the Gruppa Bars is going about his work. He joined the team in 2001. Before joining the German wildlife organisation, NABU which set up the Gruppa Bars, Joldoshbek studied geography and worked as a surveyor and journalist in the field of wildlife protection. Nowadays he takes a front line role  often checking the licences of a hunting party to make sure they have relevant papers and are not hunting species that are protected.

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