In Abkhazia, caught one of the released leopards in the Sochi nursery

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in fotobanka leopard in Sochi national Park. Archival photoIn Abkhazia, caught one of the released leopards in the Sochi nursery© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

One of the rare Persian leopard, released from the Sochi nursery, caught in Abkhazia; the scene has already left the specialists, told RIA Novosti the official representative of the Ministry of natural resources Nikolay Gudkov.

«On behalf of the head of Ministry of Russia Sergey Donskoy in the village of Lykhny (Abkhazia), where presumably captured one of the leopards, Pets, the center of reintroduction of the Persian leopard, directed the agencies and the Moscow zoo. They arrived in Abkhazia today,» — said Gudkov.

According to him, the experts identified the beast, will assess his condition and decide on further action. In particular, it can return back to the center for permanent keeping.

The Persian subspecies of the leopard lived on the territory from the North Caucasus to the red sea and from the Bosporus to Pakistan, but in the twentieth century its distribution has decreased significantly. In the Caucasus, the Persian leopard was once occupied almost all the mountain areas up to altitudes of about 4 thousand meters, and dwelt in the floodplain forests of large rivers.

The main reason for the almost complete disappearance of the leopard in the Caucasus was the destruction of its habitat.

At the initiative of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin launched a program to restore the Persian leopard in the Caucasus. The program was developed and approved by the Ministry of natural resources. The main goal of the program is to restore the sustainable leopard population in the Russian part of the Caucasus.