PERSIAN LEOPARD NOW LIVES IN KRASNODAR
Last summer, WWF-Russia came up with the idea to create a large-scale street-art image to introduce the rare animal to the Krasnodar dwellers and beautify the city at the same time. Georgy Kurinov, whose art decorates the Kuban capital and many other cities across Russia and the world, grabbed the idea and created a very vivid image. Youth Welfare Department of Krasnodar also supported the WWF-Russia's idea and helped with the project presentation and approval by the occupants of the residential house at 184, Stavropolskaya Street. They all were pleased to convert a dull gray wall into one of Krasnodar's showplaces.
It took a week for the artist to paint the 360 sq.m image. From the very first day, the project became the talking point among the Krasnodar dwellers. Many photos showing creation of the picture were posted in social networks backed up with positive comments and #ВернемЛео hashtag. The image was conceived under this name. The hashtag was created to draw the Krasnodar dweller's attention to the Programme for the Persian Leopard Reintroduction developed by WWF-Russia and the Russian Academy of Science back in 2007. Since then, 4 leopards have been released into the wilderness of the Caucasus Nature Reserve. The last release took place in August 2018. Two more of these Red Book cats (Elbrus and Volna) inhabit Alania National Park since 2018.
VTB Bank supports the Project for the Persian Leopard Reintroduction.