The leopard has returned to Georgia.
Through the initiative and financial support of the WWF Caucasus Programme Office, the Conservation Research Group of NACRES has spotted a leopard (Pantera pardus) in Georgia for the first time since 2009.
The researchers discovered a photo of a leopard taken in August by one of the camera traps installed in Tusheti protected area, reports WWF Georgia.
Leopard’s footprints were last found in the Vashlovani Protected Areas in 2009.
The WWF notes that late renowned Georgian poet and environmental activist Nugzar Zazanashvili’s contribution to the successful implementation of the Leopard Conservation Programme is invaluable and this success is devoted to his memory.
“The Leopard Conservation Programme has been implemented by the WWF in the South Caucasus since 2000 with the support from WWF Switzerland and WWF Germany. Mr. Nugzar Zazanashvili’s contribution to the successful implementation of the Leopard Conservation Program is invaluable, and this success is devoted to his memory,” announced WWF Georgia.
By Ana Dumbadze
Photo: Nugzar Zazanashvili