Project Name: Monitoring Amur Leopards & tigers in Southwest Primorskii Krai, Russia
Location: Russian Far East: southwest Primorskii Krai
Goal: Implementation of a more extensive network across habitat outside the national park and, establishment of a joint database which will be used in analyses of the total leopard population in Southwest Primorskii Krai.
Objective 1: To continue monitoring in Nezhino and the Northern Sectors of Land of the Leopard National Park
Objective 2: To assist LLNP staff to produce park-wide population estimates of leopards and tigers
Objective 3: To facilitate Russia-China data sharing
Land of the Leopard National Park (LLNP), established in 2012, encompasses nearly 75% of Amur leopard habitat in Russia. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has partnered with the park since its inception to monitor leopard numbers there and has monitored leopards in the Nezhino region (now part of LLNP) since 2003, and the Northern sector since 2014. In 2020, WCS will continue to monitor Amur leopards and tigers in the long-term study area, will increase support to Land of the Leopard National Park (LLNP) staff to ensure quality, full-range surveys continue, and will provide guidance and data to evaluate long-term conservation interventions at LLNP. Facilitating the effective and transparent sharing of data between the two countries is an important step for this project.