POSTED: September 3rd 2013

New Persian Leopard kittens born in Sochi

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Persian Leopards Alous and Chery gave birth to two kittens in Sochi, proving the success of the Sochi 2014 Environmental Program, which hopes to restore the population of the Persian Leopards with the “Games in Harmony with Nature” Sochi 2014 Environmental Strategy.

Female kitten Andrea and male kitten Zadig were born earlier this year at the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre and will be cared for ty the Caucasus Nature Reserve.

“A recent joint photo survey with specialists of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and WWF showed that the number of ungulates has increased dramatically,” World Wildlife Fund Russia Director Igor Chestin said. “Camera traps have documented large concentrations of wild goats and other species, which the leopards hunt.”

The programme is expected to be replicated in the Far East of Russia and the south of Primorksy Region, in which less than 50 Amur leopard reside.

“The programme has allowed us to form a team of specialists from different organisations and the experience will ensure the successful implementation of a similar project to increase the number of Amur leopards,” Chestin said.

Keywords · Persian Leopard · Amur Leopard · Sochi 2014 · Russia · WWF · World Wildlife Fund ·

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