November 25 at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution named. A.N. Severtsov RAN in Moscow opened an international working meeting on the rehabilitation and reintroduction of large predatory mammals. The event is held with the support of the Russian Geographical Society and the Amur Tiger Center.
During the first day of the meeting, scientists discussed the work of the Permanent Expedition of the Russian Academy of Sciences on the study of Red Book animals and the results of reintroduction of Amur tigers in Russia, which was told by the Director of the Institute, Doctor of Biological Sciences Vyacheslav Roznov. The report on the Indian and Chinese experience in returning tigers to their natural habitat was made by S.P. Yadav, I.V. Jhala, Fabregas M.K. and Koehler G.M.
In addition, scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences described in detail the current projects to restore the Persian leopard in the Caucasus and the Amur leopard in the Russian Far East, and experts from the Wildlife Fund of India raised questions about the restoration of rare clouded leopards in India. Biologist, Ph.D. in Biology Elena Chelysheva read a report on the history of the resettlement of the cheetah, Victoria Asensio, Antonio Rivas and Guillermo Zamora told about the preservation of the population and reintroduction of the Pyrenean lynx in Portugal.
The Himalayan bears were not ignored either. Andrey Kotlyar, director of the Ussuriysky reserve, shared his experience on reintroduction. Employees of the International Fund for the Protection of Animals Sergey Pozhetnov and Lyudmila Danilova told about the results of the work of the Orphan Bear Cubs Rescue Center.
The international working meeting on the rehabilitation and reintroduction of large predatory mammals will last until November 27, 2015. Its goal is to combine the experience of leading global projects for the rehabilitation and reintroduction of large predatory mammals, including those carried out with the support of the Russian Geographical Society, as well as the Permanently Operating Expedition of the Russian Academy of Sciences on the study of animals in the Red Book of the Russian Federation.