On 17 November, a cleanup event took place in the village of Barabash near the borders of Land of the Leopard National Park. Park employees and some 20 volunteers removed fly-tipped waste from the protected area.
The event started near the village of Barabash, at the turn to the Leopard's Lair eco-trail. Then the participants focused their efforts on two other litter-strewn areas along the motorway.
"The cleanup was very productive. We removed a lot of rubbish, and now it is clean here. Sadly, the same situation occurs each year. It would be good if local residents and tourists treated this land as if it was their own, because it is our common home. If everyone took their rubbish from recreational activities with them and put it in a bin, that would keep nature clean. This is not difficult at all," said Zilya Ibatullina, deputy director for environmental education and tourism at Vorontsov Land of the Leopard National Park.
Following the event, the volunteers had a tea party and watched the film Leo80: A Leopard's Story. They also enjoyed a tour along the Leopard Trail.