There are 7-9 Caucasian Leopard individuals living in Armenia, which are red-listed in the IUCN and Armenia. According to WWF Armenia experts, the number of leopards in Armenia may increase, as their forage basis has also expanded: bezoar goat, Armenian moufflon, deers and the European badgers may serve as a prey for leopards.
'Now the situation is much better, even the number of bezoar goats have increased in South Armenia, it's a positive tendency giving hope that leopards will return,' said Arsen Gasparyan, WWF Armenia 'Leopard Conservation in South Caucasus' Project Coordinator, at the info campaign held at 'Khosrov Forest' State Reserve.
The info campaign had been organized by WWF Armenia to familiarize the journalists with the measures aimed at the conservation of the leopard.
'The maximum capacity for Armenia is estimated to be up to 20 leopards,' Arsen Gasparyan said. According to him, the existing specially protected areas shall be expanded or new areas shall be estavlished for the increase in and conservation of the leopard population in Armenia so as not to have any reduction in their prey. In the frames of this info camapign, WWF Armenia representative Alexander Malkhasyan installed another photo trap in Khosrov Forest. For the conservation and monitoring of the leopard WWF Armenia has installed around 100 photo traps in the leopard migration corridors running from Khosrov Reserve to Zangezour Biospheric Complex. 'Khosrov Forest' State Reserve Deputy Director Rafik Petrosyan informed that they had recently seen a leopard in Khosrov Reserve.
18:10 May 02, 2017