WWF conducted a training on monitoring of the Persian leopard
The workshop with wardens and game biologists of the South Russia took place in Maikop. It began with a welcoming speech of the Caucasian reserve’s director Sergey Shevelev. Among the priorities he mentioned the monitoring of leopard in the reserve.
Valeriy Shmunk, head of Northern Caucasus regional office WWF-Russia, spoke about the results and prospects of reintroduction of the Persian leopard. He also stressed the importance of joint coordinated work and the value of field data for the effective implementation of the project: «Since a year after the release of leopards, GPS-collars are dropped. And now we can monitoring the animals only with the help of camera traps, detection of traces and other information that tourist or you can see. It’s very difficult, so any information about our leopards is very important. These data will help us to understand the ways of their movement, behavior and provide a background for the choose of the most suitable locations of future releases». Over the past year, information about the animals came 6 times from residents of Krasnodar region, Adygea, Abkhazia and Karachay-Cherkessia.
In the main part of the workshop, the staff of the Caucasian reserve listened information about the leopard, its habits and movement in the region, as well as conducted training on the field signs of the presence of the leopard and explained the algorithm of actions when meeting with the leopard and when detecting its traces.