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18 octobre 2011 2 18 /10 /octobre /2011 15:29

Début d'internationalisation du projet de restauration des populations de léopards du Caucase. Et contact renoué officiellement avec l'Iran (source : WWF Russia, ce jour)

Last week, experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) visited Sochi National Park and Caucasian State Reserve to learn more about the program for the reintroduction of leopard in the Caucasus.   Recovery program is implemented leopard Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation with the participation of Sochi National Park, the Caucasus Nature Reserve, WWF Russia, Institute of Nature, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Severtsov Academy of Sciences, Moscow Zoo.

The delegation included representatives from IUCN experts on feline Urs Breytenmozer and Herve Lesieur, experts EAZA Alexander Plum (curator Kolognerskogo Zoo) and Martin Raffel (Munster Zoo curator), employees of Ministry of Russia, Sochi National Park, the Caucasus Biosphere Reserve and WWF-Russia.

 With the support of the Sochi National Park from the experts an opportunity to inspect the place of the alleged helicopter issue leopards into the wild.  During the flyby the Caucasus Nature Reserve visitors can see a huge territory, uninhabited by people, and even see a few groups of ungulates: tours, wild goats, deer and bison.  What he saw convinced experts that the site chosen for the reintroduction of optimal and food supply for a leopard.

Director of WWF-Russia Igor Chestin foreign experts presented the program of reintroduction of leopard in the Caucasus . The discussion focused on its progress and plans for the next, after which the delegates visited the Centre for breeding and rehabilitation of leopards.  This is a unique place where the working conditions for breeding of leopards, and for their continuing adaptation to life in the wild. Currently there are four individual leopard: two males, and General Alous brought from Turkmenia, and two females, Cherie and Mino, which was brought from Iran.  Director, Center for Umar Semenov showed how animals are kept, and outlined plans to build steam.

To date, the completion of breeding stock of the center is a priority. This will allow faster and get a pair to form a first kittens. "But this is only the beginning - says project coordinator for the Conservation of WWF-Russia's Natalia Dronov, - on a long and difficult work on the adaptation of young leopards for independent living in the wild. It is important to teach the animals to hunt and find prey, avoid the person.  We hope to help our foreign colleagues, who already have experience of working for the reintroduction of the cat. "

At the end of his visit to Moscow, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources held a meeting with the Director of International Cooperation Department, NR  Inamova, the Institute of Ecology and Evolution ,  Severtsov Academy of Sciences and a representative of Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran.  During the meeting, international experts confirmed their readiness to provide advice and assistance in program implementation. The parties have agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding for the Program and detailed plan of action within the framework of international cooperation.

WWF hopes that IUCN will support the project for the reintroduction of leopard. "Cooperation with the European Association of Zoos are also very important to us, - adds Natalya Dronov. - In a joint work EAZA could provide the animals, which would give the offspring in a breeding center and rehabilitation. These pups would participate in the program for the reintroduction. Perhaps they would put the beginning of a new population of leopards in the Caucasus. "

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