Primorsky national Park is interested in communicating about leopards with the DPRK

© Photo : press service of the fgbi «Land of leopard»and far Eastern leopard, was first recorded near the border with North Korea. Archive photoPrimorsky national Park is interested in communicating about leopards with the DPRK© Photo : press service of the fgbi «Land of leopard»

The national Park «Land of leopard» in Primorye interested in sharing information about rare Amur leopard with the DPRK, which can migrate these predators, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of the institution Viktor Bardyuk.

The territory of the national Park borders with the DPRK. One of the new monitoring stations to monitor the leopards, created in the Tumen river basin near the place where the borders of Russia, China and North Korea. In 2013, during the winter census is recorded the trail of the far Eastern leopard. In the summer of 2018, it was reported that near the border with North Korea have recorded four specimens of this rare cat, the two raptors seen for the first time.

«Of course, interested. The national Park borders North Korea, and theoretically also possible migration of the leopard through the Tumen river, across the river Misty. Traps recorded predator at the border, although wetlands that prevail there — it’s not exactly typical habitat, nevertheless. But how many leopards are now in North Korea, we don’t know,» said Bardyuk.

According to him, the data from North Korea about the number of leopards has not been received. «And I think our neighbors to the South do not know how many of these predators,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

Bardyuk said that cooperation on biodiversity conservation is carried out in the framework of the UN project on sustainable development and economic cooperation in northeast Asia, which includes the representative of North Korea. «And the topic of study of the habitat of tiger and leopard in the DPRK were touched upon there. But after this discussion of practical cases was not. But given the rather isolated North Korea policy, as a first step, this in itself is not bad,» said the Director of the national Park.

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. 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.