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Премия рунета 2017

Monitoring of the leopard will get easier and more effective

11 april 2017
Within the WWF and VTB bank project on preservation rare cat's the Institute of ecology of mountain territories of RAS received the UAZ car for monitoring of the West Asian leopard and ungulates in the Caucasus.

Transferred car will allow members of group of monitoring of the Persian leopard to react more quickly on information, arriving from GPS collars and to reach habitats of predators. Work of group of monitoring allows not only to monitor conveyances of the leopards, who are exhausted in 2016, but also to receive unique field material. These data are very important for improvement of a technique of preparation for release in the wild nature of new leopards.

«We are very glad that the WWF and VTB bank joint project allows to quickly satisfy needs of our field researchers for mobility, - Valery Shmunk, the director of regional brunch »Russian Caucasus« WWF Russia comments. Transfer of the SUV happened just in time, since not so long ago we started expansion of network of phototraps on Western Caucasus».

The project of conservation of endangered big cat species in Russia was developed by WWF-Russia in cooperation with Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation. It provides for conservation of the Amur tiger and leopard in the Russian Far East and Snow leopard in the Altai-Sayan, as well as reintroduction of the Persian leopard in the Caucasus.

The Project implies creating of new and supporting of existing Protected Areas in the Russian Far East, Altai-Sayan and the Caucasus, and improvement in land use planning and programs of social and economic development in the regions of big cats’ habitat. It will also address anti-poaching measures, resolution of conflicts between humans and leopards, and improvement of the quality of life in these regions. Moreover, the Project will contribute to the Russian Federation’s active implementation of international agreements and cross-border conservation programs for the big cat species.

Staff of WWF Russia transfering the car to the staff of Institute of ecology of mountain territories of RAS
© Vyacheslav Moroz/WWF Russia
For additional information please contact
Head of Caucasus Ecoregional Office