In 2013, Action for the Wild sent £5,000 to Wildlife Vets International (WVI) using much appreciated funds raised by Colchester Zoo’s sky diving team.

Wildlife Vets International are currently allocating their 2013 funds. WVI’s presence has been somewhat stalled in Russia, due to the inability to trap wild leopards and tigers.

Due to being unable to go to the field in Russia in 2013, WVI’s John Lewis has been developing The Amur Leopard Health Database. This is now completely current with data from wild and captive leopards and this will lead to an analysis of mortality patterns within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP). This analysis will also inform the EEP on which leopards should be selected for reintroduction from a health point of view.

As reintroduction of the Critically Endangered Amur Leopard looks more than likely now, it is important that this analysis is done and made available to the right people. It is also essential that a comprehensive Disease Risk Analysis is compiled and made available to the Russian government and published. A comprehensive analysis will include all the health data in the Amur Leopard Health Database, data on the disease status of prey species in Lazo, a compilation of all relevant literature in English and Russian and risk assessments on all phases of a reintroduction process.

Action for the Wild has supported this project since 2007 and has donated over £18,000 to date.

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