We believe in the importance of helping to instill in young people an appreciation for the natural world and the importance of taking steps now to protect it for future generations. The Pallas’s Cat Project includes a set of educational programs to inform our communities about Pallas’s cat and local ecosystems, and the core of this work is a set of environmental education programs for middle schools and high schools throughout the steppe zone.
We have organized wildlife educational events among school children and local people in Halzan village of Sukhbaatar with support from Jim Sanderson who is founder and director of the Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation. After the event, we organized sport events, a drawing competition "Our countries Pallas's cat" among school children and a short trip to Steppe Wildlife research camp with school children. Thanks to the Shared Earth Foundation, we could organize a third wildlife educational day in Halzan village in November, 2021.
EDUCATION PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
INTRODUCTORY PRESENTATION: A live presentation by Pallas’s cat researchers and Education Teaching Associates using slides photos, video and personal stories to provide an engaging introduction to the biology, ecology, research and human impact on our region’s predator.
FIELD TRIP: An optional field trip to the Pallas’s cat habitat to experience real wildlife science with biologists studying wild Pallas’s cats, including seeing signs of the Pallas’s cat in the steppe (tracks, scat, den sites) and tracking actual Pallas’s cats with radio telemetry.
FIELD CAMP LAB: Field lab focusing on predator-prey interactions and effects of human encroachment on the natural balance. There will also be green house for planting trees in the steppe region.