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15 october 2019
Two new stories about Persian leopards in the Caucasus became known immediately. Artek distinguished himself by successful hunting in the southeastern part of the Krasnodar region. And a local resident saw a leopard in Adygea, probably Akhun, almost in hundred kilometers from his brother Artek. The last time Akhun was captured in a camera trap in the fall of 2016.

In mid-September, Artek’s satellite collar showed that the leopard had spent 27 hours in one site. This usually demonstrates a successful hunt for mid- or large-size prey. At this time the predator was on the prey for a long time. Caucasian Biosphere Reserve rangers have checked the cluster and found the leopard’s scat with chamois’ black hairs. Such findings make it possible to observe the animal movements, indicates its activity and successful adaptation in the wild. Artek was the last leopard who released in 2018.

(с) Sergey Trepet / WWF-Russia

At the same time, in a hundred kilometers away, another leopard was spotted – probably Artek’s brother Akhun, who was released in the Caucasian Reserve on July 15, 2016. "The predator got under headlights of a car. One of the locals saw a leopard on the roadway near Guzeriple. As the driver said, the leopard without collar disappeared into forest when it heard brakes sound", - Sergey Trepet, research officer the Caucasian biosphere reserve, member of WWF-Russia monitoring group said.

(c) WWF-Russia

Recall that Akhun has dropped a satellite collar in month and half after the release. Since then, observe its movement is possible only using camera traps and finding trace of his presence in forest. The leopard was last photographed by camera trap in the fall 2016, and alleged Akhun paw prints were seen in January 2019 in the same area. 

The Program is implemented by the 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 supported by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

For additional information please contact
Head of Caucasus Ecoregional Office