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TWO LEOPARDS FROM SWEDEN ARRIVED TO RUSSIA
21 december 2020
WWF-Russia has supported the transportation of male and female Persian leopards from the Swedish zoo “Nordens Ark” to the Leopard Breeding Center in the Caucasus, as part of the Leopard Reintroduction Program
Today, a couple of spotted predators arrived in Russia. The transportation box with leopards came to Moscow fr om Stockholm (via Dubai), from wh ere the animals were sent to the southern region by car after filling out the necessary documents. Now 8-year-old male Filou and 9-year-old female Shivaa will join the breeding stock of the Leopard Breeding Center in the Caucasus of the Sochi National Park, participating in a breeding program for the subsequent reintroduction of their offspring into Nature. However, before that, Filou and Shivaa will stay in the quarantine enclosure for 30 days, after which the animals will be transferred to more spacious enclosures with an area of 1 hectare.
Both leopards come from German zoos. The spotted predators moved to Sweden in 2014 and have lived almost inseparably together ever since. Their first offsprings were also born in a Swedish zoo in 2016, when two male cubs were born. The second kitten was born in 2019 (female).
WWF-Russia provided financial support for the transfer of animals. "Addition to the Center with new leopards is very important for the Leopard Reintroduction Program in the Caucasus," says Dmitriy Gorshkov, Director of WWF-Russia. – This import was prepared for more than two years. The rotation of producers is the basis for ensuring the genetic diversity of the offspring released into Nature. This will allow you to form more couples of unrelated leopards for release, and therefore increase the chance of cubs being born in nature."
In exchange for two cats, a 4-year-old female Bagheera will travel to Scandinavia from Russia next year.
For today, two couples have been formed in the Center: Alous and Cherry, as well as Zadig and Andrea. Most leopards in the wild are descendants of Alous and Cherry.
The Persian leopard reintroduction program is implemented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 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 Сonservation of Nature (IUCN) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Leopard monitoring works are being carried out with the financial support of VTB bank. Monitoring of leopards conducted with the financial support of VTB Bank.