About the Program

The Citizen-Ranger Wildlife Protection Program (CRWPP) empowers rangers and citizens in all Protected Areas of Kyrgyzstan to combat illegal hunting and poaching.

What is the Citizen-Ranger Wildlife Protection Program?

The Citizen-Ranger Wildlife Protection Program was jointly developed by the Kyrgyz government, the Snow Leopard Foundation, Kyrgyzstan, and the Snow Leopard Trust. It covers all 19 of the country’s state parks and nature reserves.

Under the CRWPP, park rangers receive law enforcement training by Interpol and equipment to help them be more effective in their efforts to prevent and prosecute wildlife crime. Rangers and citizens who apprehend poachers and bring them to justice can receive cash rewards and will be recognized in a public ceremony.

Rules: Who gets a reward, and in which cases?

  • Upon review by an independent committee, 15000 KGS will be paid to any team of rangers and/or citizens who apprehend poachers who have killed a protected species such as a snow leopard, argali, ibex, or with any other wild animal that was killed inside any protected area in Kyrgyzstan.
  • If the poacher escapes, 5000 KGS will be paid to any team of rangers and/or citizens who confiscate the poacher’s gun inside a protected area.
  • In order to qualify for a reward, all cases of poacher apprehension or gun confiscation must be registered in a reserve office or regional police office, and copies of the protocols should be sent to the Forestry Department. If available, the copies of paid penalties should be sent as well.
  • 30% of the poacher’s fine will also be paid to the ranger and/or citizen who reported the case.

Each year, the Snow Leopard Foundation and the State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry will organize an event (World Wildlife Day on March 3rd, Day of Environment Protection on June 5th or Snow Leopard Day on October 23rd) where all registered cases will be announced. Rangers and citizens who have stopped poachers will be recognized publicly and will receive rewards and certificates.


This Program was created as a collaboration of:

  • Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan
  • Snow Leopard Trust
  • State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic

Ranger trainings are in collaboration with:

  • Interpol

This project was made possible by IWT Challenge Fund of the UK Government

Financial support is further provided by:

  • Toronto Zoo
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Partnership Funding by Fondation Segre managed by Whitley Fund for Nature