15 July 2013: Camera-trap footage of a Caucasian Leopard in Armenia is being hailed as a breakthrough by the international conservation community.
The video was shot in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) on the south-western slopesof the Geghama mountains, and shows, tantalisingly, just the tail of a leopard.
Between three and five leopards have been recorded in Armenia in recent years, mainly on a migratory route near the country’s southern border with Iran. Leopards are elusive animals at the best of times but in the vicinity of CWR it is eight years since one had been seen. If it hadn’t been for traces of hair and a scat proven earlier in the year to belong to a Caucasian Leopard, we might still be wondering if they really did exist.
With the release of this recent video footage, conservationist have come another step nearer to seeing a leopard up close.
The landmark recording was made in July in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, which is supported by international conservation charity World Land Trust (WLT). The Caucasus Wildlife Refuge is managed by WLT’s conservation partner in Armenia, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC).
WLT has been supporting conservation efforts in Armenia since 2010. In 2012 WLT launched a special appeal to save the Caucasian Leopard.
Full press release: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/documents/news/caucasian-leopard-in-armenia-video-footage.pdf (208KB) (opens in a new window)
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