Friday, January 22, 2016


Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Snow Leopard Trust has posthumously awarded T.Lkhagvasumberel (Sumbee), a biologist who worked as a conservation ranger for international snow leopard trust and was found dead last November 11. Name of the award, which goes to the best researchers in the field of protecting snow leopards, is Helen Freeman Award.
At the ceremony, the executive director of Snow Leopard Foundation, Brad Rutherford stated that "It's going to be very hard to replace someone like Sumbee, he is irreplaceable. Sumbee was not only a Mongolian biologist/researcher, he was the world star, and we just lost our star, it is a immeasurable loss for us and the world snow leopard foundation researchers." Also Ph.D. Ecology and Resource Conservation, Charudutt Mishra, shared great memoir of how late Sumbee and him met through SLCF and how he and Sumbee worked together Sumbee's M.D degree dissertation, and how he and his fellow researchers around the globe longing for great biologist/researcher like Sumbee.
A ceremony ran January 12 for handing the award to his family. Before the official ceremony start, the family and friends paid tribute to late Sumbee by lighting offering lamps.
Snow Leopard Trust is giving this award in recognition for his outstanding research works in the Gobi about snow leopards and their prey. The trust researchers said they have been developing plans to immortalize Sumbee’s good deeds (Montsame, B.Amarsaikhan)

His father received Sumbee's award and delivered an emotional speech, and stated that there are three important goals that he would like to work forward as for his late son's legacy: 

1. I will uncover the murderers who murdered my son, I will not stop until I found the truth behind my son's death till my last breath. 
2. I will continue my son's legacy as to protect wildlife and the Mother Nature, as much as I can with as effective as and as broader as I can with help of all people, because we have a one goal. He will not be forgotten, because he will live with this passion and legacy.
3. I will work on the Tost Mountain and its people's goal and passion to let it register for a National Reserved Area. 

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