THE SEX OF CHERY AND ALOUS'S CUBS HAS BEEN DETERMINED
On September 10, the cubs born to Chery and Alous turned 2 months old. And this means that it's time for scheduled vaccination. Along with that, employees of the Leopard Breeding Center in the Caucasus of the Sochi National Park weighed kittens and determined the gender. This is the leopard cub's first contact with humans.
Kittens weigh six kilograms and are active. As for the sex, they turned out to be a male and a female.
"In general, it is always good when there are females among offspings, because they play an important role in the development of the group. We can say that most likely this girl will be released in North Ossetia, where the chance of forming a couple and getting wild offspring has significantly increased after the last release of leopards, - says Natalia Dronova, Chief Project Coordinator for the conservation of rare animal species of WWF-Russia. - In addition, at least one wild male has been recorded in Kabardino-Balkaria. And this gives reason to believe that females attract males from neighboring countries."
This time the procedure was attended by Alexander Kozlov, the Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia.
The Persian leopard reintroduction program in the Caucasus was developed by WWF-Russia and experts of the A. N. Severtsov Insitute of Ecology and Evolution in 2005.
The Persian leopard reintroduction program is implemented by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation with the participation of the Sochi National Park, Caucasus Reserve, WWF-Russia, the A. N. Severtsov Insitute of Ecology and Evolution, the Institute of Ecology of Mountain Territories, And Moscow zoo, as well as with the assistance of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).