WWF will enhance the monitoring of the leopards in the Caucasus
The funds will be directed, in particular, to purchase gear and conduct field observations for scientific research. Also various equipment, including telecommunications, will be purchased.
In the framework of the project the company has already funded the installation of a satellite internet access system in the Caucasian reserve. The autonomous communication channel will become a great asset for the group of field researchers. The Persian leopard monitoring group will be able to transfer information about the movements of the animals as promptly as possible.
«In the modern world access to communication channels plays an enormous role in all spheres of life, including environmental protection,» - comments Valeriy Shmunk, head of WWF Russia department «Russian Caucasus». - «The equipment installed with the support of EXNESS Group will allow to quickly receive information about the life of leopards in the wild. Apart from this, field observers will be able to quickly react to changes in the situation and ensure safety of both predators and humans».
«Endangered wildlife species is a pressing issue that calls for our attention. As strong supporters of environmental protection, we want to continue working with WWF Russia in its long-term wildlife conservation projects and improve the environment we live in», – said Petr Valov, CEO of Exness.
EXNESS Group is one of the leaders on the international exchange market. With a proactive approach to environmental issues EXNESS is a partner of WWF Russia since 2014. Currently the company participates in such projects of the Fund as reintroduction of the Persian leopard in the Caucasus and the conservation of the polar bear («Bear Patrol»).
On July 15th 2016 three Persian leopards – Victoria, Akhun and Killi – were released into the wild on the territory of the Caucasian State Nature Biosphere Reserve. This release is an important milestone in the implementation of the program of the leopard reintroduction within its historical range in the Russian part of the Caucasus.
The program is implemented Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation with the participation of the Sochi National Park, Caucasus (Kavkazsky) State Nature Biosphere Reserve, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Moscow Zoo and WWF-Russia, and with the support from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).