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One of WWF was granted to name Amur leopard

03 october 2016
On his 60th-year anniversary Yury Darman, head of WWF Russia Amur branch, has named Amur leopard, Leo 60V, Smelyi (Brave).

This rare opportunity was granted to Yury by Land of the Leopard National Park administration.

Having given the name for the Amur leopard, one of the rarest wild cats on the Planet, Yury has become a Leopard Keeper. This title is normally awarded to those who share love for nature and want to contribute to the species conservation. Among Leopard Keepers there are politicians, celebrities, ordinary people of different professions, and even students.

Yury Darman is a person who stood at the origin of the Land of the Leopard National Park. He was among those who sounded the alarm and drew attention of the public to the critical state of the Amur leopard.

Smelyi, a male in the very strength of his life, is about four at the moment. He lives in the northernmost of the Land of the Leopard near the border with China. Yet, in the course of 2015, he was registered by camera traps in Russia. Camera traps often capture him hurrying somewhere. And this is no wonder as the young and prospective male should explore a lot of places and opportunities. In spite of his permanent busyness Smelyi does not forget to have some rest – sometimes he does not mind relaxing showing off his typical contemplative state of mind. Leo 60M is in an excellent physical condition.

As Yury Darman notes, “We are glad that all groundwork done by WWF comes useful for the Land of the Leopard National Park. The Park will become the trademark for entire southwestern Primorye”.

Smelyi, a male Amur leopard
© Land of the Leopard National Park
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