Russia intends to return to the wild leopard and cheetah

Environmentalists plan until 2017 to return to the wild in Russia and Central Asian species leopard, cheetah and Turan tiger, said the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia.

These species have been destroyed by man in the wild in the 20th century. Turan tiger lived in Central Asia more than 40 years ago. Cheetah in Asian deserts and semi-deserts observed recently in the late 80's, and the last small group of these animals remained in Iran. Leopard was once widespread in the Caucasus and occupied almost all the mountain areas, but to the 2000s in the Caucasus survived only a few specimens of the leopard.

"Fund (WWF Russia) will not only preservation of rare species, but also plans to increase their number, and even return to nature three extinct species — the cheetah (Uzbekistan), Turan tiger (Kazakhstan) and leopard (Russia). This — new ambitious goals of environmental policy WWF Russia for five years (2012-2017 years), which was adopted by the Board of the Fund, "- said in a statement.

The Fund for the next five years are going to focus on keeping the following species of animals and plants: the tiger, the Amur leopard, snow leopard, polar bear, Atlantic and Pacific walrus, argali, antelope, gray whale, bison, Korean pine.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — one of the world's largest public charity founded in 1961. Main objective of the Fund, as stated on the official website of the organization — "the conservation of biological diversity of the Earth." More than half of the budget WWF are private donations — the supporters of the organization. Foundation offices are present in more than one hundred countries. The first projects in Russia began in 1988, and in 1994 opened an office in the WWF Russia. In 2004, WWF Russia has become a representative of a national organization with its own board.

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