Wild Persian leopards have been released into Russia’s mountains, this is one of the missions of a WWF captive breeding program. These wild Persian leopards were released to help revitalize declining species.
Both male and female leopards were brought up in Sochi National Park’s special breading program and training center. Having learned how to hunt and how to leave on their own, they were released. They now have a chance to survive for long and this will help recover other declining species.
The male leopard, Kodor, and female, Laba, passed all the tests successfully, therefore, there is no doubt that they will survive in the natural environment. Two male leopards had already been living on the Caucasus Reserve’s territory, and another leopard has been released.
The Director of WWF Russia, Dmitriy Gorshkov hopes that a pair can be made to reproduce the first kittens to be born in the wild. This is the third time leopards would be successfully reintroduced into the Caucasus by the organizations. Gorshkov spoke regarding the release of the two males and how it helps the natural heritage of Caucasus.
The four leopards recently released in addition to another three released in 2016 will help to increase the population of leopards. The number of leopards might have increased in the famous mountain by about 20%. Ecologists working on the program have maintained that the Caucasus Biosphere Reserve is an ideal habitat for leopards.
These animals possess all the traits required to make it difficult for predators to survive. They also need huge tracts of territory and several species to prey on.