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 deploy antipoaching camera traps
Objective 3: To influence Amur leopard management through collaboration with government and other NGOs
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 2021, WCS will continue to monitor Amur leopards and tigers in the long-term study area using scientifically rigorous methodologies and analyses to understand population dynamics. This is of paramount importance to ensure policy decisions are based on the most reliable information possible. Facilitating the effective and transparent sharing of data between Russia and China remains an important aim of this project and similar methodologies are maintained on both sides of the border. In addition to survey work, WCS is installing poacher cams to facilitate identification of illegal activity in the park.
Two staff members of WCS Russia have joined an expert working group to revise and update the National Strategy for Leopard Conservation, first adopted in 2014. This will include the important plans for the Amur leopard reintroduction program in Southeast Primorye, centred around Lazovskii Zapovednik.
You can see the previous WCS projects funded by WildCats in our Archive