WWF PRESENTS OFF-ROADERS TO LEOPARD MONITORING TEAMS
Responsible for monitoring of the Persian leopard in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the North-Ossetian Nature Reserve received LADA-Niva 4x4 off-roader; the Institute of Ecology of Mountain Territories of RAS got a new UAZ Patriot SUV. Earlier, the Institute received Mavic Pro Platinum drone. The equipment was bought to facilitate scientific researches into the Persian leopard, its prey, movements, presence, and habits.
The vehicles and other equipment was purchased by VTB Ecology LLC, a company created in 2016 for implementation of VTB Group's environmental initiatives.
The Project, which has enjoyed VTB Bank’s support since 2016, is aimed at conservation of rear species, such as the Amur tiger, Amur leopard, and snow leopard, as well as at restoration of the Persian leopard in the Caucasus. Estimated total cost of the project is USD 15 million.
"We are thankful to VTB Bank for the support," — Valery Shmunk, Director of the Russian Caucasus Regional Office of WWF-Russia says. "The equipment that we have now delivered to the Institute and Nature Reserve expands the monitoring teams' potential of gathering important information about the leopards' life in the wild."
Photo: (c) Valery Shmunk / WWF-Russia