Bayara Agvaantseren received the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for her role in protecting the snow leopard stronghold of Tost from mining. But the Snow Leopard Trust’s Mongolia Program Director is quick to point out that the success was not hers alone, but rather the result of an extraordinary team effort.
Bayarjargal (Bayara) Agvaantseren, the Snow Leopard Trust’s Mongolia Program Director, and head of our partner organization, the Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation, has been awarded the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for leading a successful 10 year effort to protect the snow leopard habitat of Tost Mountains.
Snow Leopard Trust Mongolia Director and 2019 Goldman Prize winner Bayara Agvaantseren has taken an unusual path to becoming an environmental hero.
Site of the world’s most comprehensive snow leopard study, critical link in a network of Protected Areas and home to more than a dozen of these elusive cats – Mongolia’s Tost Mountains are a unique and irreplaceable snow leopard stronghold.
Three years after her landmark victory for snow leopards, our Mongolia Program Director Bayara Agvaantseren narrates how the only Protected Area in the world dedicated exclusively to these cats was created against all odds.