POSTED: July 18th 2013
Sochi 2014 Environmental Strategy yields birth of Persian Leopard cubs
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) Persian Leopards, currently on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, have been bred for the first time in 50 years at the Sochi National Park thanks to the “Games in Harmony with Nature” dimension of the Sochi 2014 Environmental Strategy. The program hopes to aid the biodiversity preservation in the region ahead of the Sochi 2014 Games.
Zadig and Andrea, the parents of the “Olympic” cubs, were moved from Lisbon Zoo to the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Center in Sochi in October 2007. The cubs are currently with their mother and will be released in the Caucasian State Nature Biosphere Reserve when they are able to adapt to the wild. Experts will keep an eye on the endangered species’ cubs’ health and development.
“The birth of these leopards proves success of the Sochi 2014 Environmental Program,” Sochi 2014 Organising Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko said. “We are committed to staging Games in accordance with environmental and sustainable development principles and determined to protect endangered species such as the Persian Leopard, which has become a symbol of the Olympic Games of 2014 in Sochi.”
The Sochi 2014 Environmental Program hopes a stable leopard population will be created in Russian in the next 10 to 15 years.
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