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Премия рунета 2017

Retail contributes to Persian leopard monitoring

04 august 2017
Sporting goods retailer Decathlon-Adygea have provided in-kind contribution to WWF-Russia field team to improve opportunities of Persian leopard monitoring.

Monitoring of the leopards released into the wild in 2016 is a key element of the Programme of reintroduction of Persian leopard in the Caucasus. The data obtained by field team have high scientific value for further work of the project. The team works for a year. That is why so necessary to have a high-quality camping equipment, outdoor gear, etc..

"The sport is our work, and nature is the huge playground,Kirill Lyalyakin, the store manager of Decathlon-Adygeya comments. And as professionals, we are glad to share responsibility for nature conservation".

Sergey Trepet, monitoring group member, Valeriy Shmunk, director of regional office "Russian Caucasus" WWF-Russia, Kirill Lyalyakin, store manager Decathlon-Adygeya. © Vyacheslav Moroz/WWF-Russia

Since the first three Persian leopards (Killy, Akhun and Victoria) were released into the wild in Caucasus Biosphere Reserve, the monitoring of big cats has been starting. The experienced zoologists of Institute of environmental problems and evolution of RAS, Caucasus Biosphere Reserve and Institute of ecology of mountain territories of RAS were employed. The field group conducts monitoring of the released leopards constantly — total distance passed by team members was about 1300 km.

Till the middle of the 20th century the leopard was widespread in the Caucasus. However by 1950th years its number was sharply reduced, in many areas the animal has been completely destroyed because of the human.

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). Financial support to the program was provided by the companies EXNESS, ROSAN, Panasonic, Rosa Khutor, Amway, VimpelCom, VTB bank and also Fund of support of social innovations of Oleg Deripaska "Volnoe Delo". Also the program was supported by about 1000 supporters of WWF of Russia.

Headline photo © Vyacheslav Moroz/WWF-Russia

For additional information please contact
Head of Caucasus Ecoregional Office