Russian and North Korea organize the joint monitoring of leopards and tigers

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will assist Russia in preservation of population of the Far Eastern leopards and Amur tigers. This issue was discussed during the business meeting of the Minister of Far East Development of the Russian Federation Alexander Galushka and the Minister of Foreign Economic Affairs of the DPRK Lee Ryong Nam in Pyongyang.

The head of the Ministry of Far East Development informed the Korean side about the measures taken by Russia for preservation of the population of the Far Eastern leopards and Amur tigers on its territory.

“The habitat of Far Eastern leopard comprises Primorskiy territory of Russia, North-East provinces of PRC and the DPRK territory. The Russian Government applies active efforts to preserve the population: we conducted the protective activities, and counted the total number of the leopards inhabiting the Primorskiy territory,” – the Minister said.

The joint activity with DPRK for preservation of tiger and leopard population was initiated by Russia after the International Tiger Forum, conducted in Saint-Petersburg in 2010. The head if the Ministry of Natural Reserves and Ecology of Russia Sergey Donskoy urged intensification of cooperation in the framework of the Intergovernmental commission of Russia and DPRK.

Thus after the round table conducted in frames of East Russia Economic Forum on the Russkiy Island in Primorye, September, 3-5, Sergey Donskoy assigned the relevant departments of the Ministry together with the Ministry of Far East Development to elaborate the issue of possible participation of the Russian specialists in counting leopards and tigers on the DPRK territory.

Nowadays the number of tigers and leopards on the North Korea territory, which borders are junked with this rare predatory animal areal, is still unknown. The joint counting will afford to get the full information about the state of population and coordinate the preservation activities.

“Today we would like to ask the Korean side to join the leopard population monitoring in order to preserve this unique species for future generations,” – Alexander Galushka said.

We remind that in the middle of the XX century Amur tiger was critically endangered; its number did not overwhelm 50 animal units. The last census of the Amur tiger and Far Eastern leopard conducted in the Russian Far East in winter 2015 showed that at least 523 Amur tigers are living on the Russian territory. And the amount of population in Primorye constitutes about 410 units.

The Governor of the Territory Vladimir Miklushevskiy underlined that Primorye is proud and appreciates the stability of the population of the biggest species of tiger in the region and the gradual increase of it.

“Our common goal today is to preserve the natural environment for the tiger and its nutritive base. For this purpose we are extending the borders of preserved territories and create the new ones. In the nearest future a national park “Bikin” will appear in the north of Primorye,” – the head of the Territory marked.

The researchers’ statistics showed that there are about 70 Far Eastern leopards in Russia and 57 of them are living in Primorye.

Vladimir Miklushevskiy has his own spotted godchild. In 2014 the head of the Territory proposed the citizens to choose the name for one of the Far Eastern leopards together. A voting was organised on his personal web-site, and more than 4,000 people participated in it. As the result of the voting the 6-year old male leopard – the godson of the Governor – was named Dersu. Now with this name he is mentioned in all scientific documents.

It should be mentioned that nowadays in Khasan district of Primorye the construction of a tunnel under the Narvinskiy heights is almost finished; it will separate the automobile road and the migration routes of leopards into different levels.