Three pictures of Osh City in 2008

This is the sequel of my Central Asian photographs series. On the first photo you see a street of the ancient Osh City, which is situated in Southern Kyrgyzstan. This photograph was made in late May of 2008, as well as the other two images below.

 

At that time some Russians might still be seen there, I don’t know if there are any nowadays, after the latest inter-ethnic armed conflict between Kyrgyz population and Kyrgyzstan citizens of Uzbek origin.

 

Amur tiger

Amur tigers are grand predators inhabiting Russian and Chinese Far East. They are not endangered species anymore, but are still very rare. Poachers are the main enemies of the Amur tiger.

 

These great and beautiful Far Eastern cats are much bigger than those living in India – Bengal tigers, and less aggressive to people.

 

Snow leopard – photos

There is a rare animal in Central Asia known as «snow leopard» or «irbis». It also may be found in Tibet, Southern Siberia and Eastern Kazakhstan. It is a kind of big wild cat living in Asian rocky mountains.

 

Snow leopards are predators living on wild sheep, goats, hares and even yaks, if they find a stray one without its herd.

 

Usually snow leopards don’t behave themselves agressively to people, unless being wounded. These animals should be saved from extinction in order to preserve natural balance between herbivores and flora. And it is a beautiful animal by itself.

 

Snow leopard’s skin is very expensive, that is why there was time when the animal was close to extinction. Maybe, the fact that they prefer to live high up in the mountainous areas that are difficult of access helped them stay alive.