«Land of leopard» will develop a new plan to save the Amur leopard

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny Dinocephalians leopard. Archival photo«Land of leopard» will develop a new plan to save the Amur leopard© RIA Novosti / Evgeny Odinokov

The national Park «Land of leopard» in Primorye is developing an action plan for the conservation of the Amur leopard, which will expand the national strategy for the conservation of this species, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of the institution Viktor Bardyuk.

«Strategy for the conservation of the leopard in Russia, approved in 2013, but, like any strategy, it is largely a framework, and specific actions for its implementation and extension, should be itemized in the action plan, what we are doing now. The fgbi «Land of leopard» is developing a perspective plan of action that will define our work for the conservation of the leopard, its habitat in the medium term until 2024,» — said the source.

According to him, this plan should be linked to the national project «Ecology» and with the Federal projects in the «Preservation of biodiversity» and «Clean country».

Bardyuk said that now the plan is typeset after it is agreed with specialists of the national Park, the scientific community and experts.

Far Eastern leopard — rarest big cat in the world, listed in the Red book of Russia and Primorsky Krai, the Red list of the International Union for conservation of nature. Today, 70% of the leopard habitat is located within the boundaries of the national Park «Land of leopard» in Primorye. In 2017 in this area recorded 86 adult leopard kitten and 21. More than 200 Amur leopards live in zoos around the world. It is the descendants withdrawn from the forest predators. The population in captivity is considered redundant and may in the future become the basis for the reintroduction of leopards.

The full text of the interview is available on the website ria.ru at 9.00 GMT.

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