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The Land of the Leopard National Park
June 5, 2019 10:52


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The Land of the Leopard is a national park located in the Primorsky Krai of Russia. Its main purpose is to protect and restore the population of the Far Eastern leopard. The park covers all the territories where a rare animal lives, and supports leopards with a special regime that helps them to survive.

One of such territories is the “Kedrovaya Pad Reserve” - it is a part of the national park, but  a separate nature protection area, since their tasks are somewhat different, but not contradictory. The protection of the Far Eastern leopard is the goal of both.

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The official site of the Land of the Leopard - leopard-land.ru.


 
Description

The Land of the Leopard National Park in the Far East was founded in 2012. Despite its young age, this area fulfills an important mission of preserving the world's rarest wild cat, the Far Eastern leopard. The area of ​​the land of the leopard is about 800 km2 (1/3 is occupied by Kedrovaya Pad). Therefore there are not many of leopards left - about 30-40 individuals live in the park, and about 70 in Russia totally.

Flora and fauna

The flora of the national park is very rich - more than 1,600 species of plants and about 2,000 species of fungi. For such a small area, these are great numbers. And if we take into account the fact that there is a considerable number of relict plant forms in the park, its value increases even more.

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The animal world of the park is also very diverse. And even though the main purpose of the Land of the leopard is to protect the Far Eastern leopard, other species of animals, of course, are also under scrutiny. Amur tiger, brown bear, Himalayan bear, lynx, Far Eastern forest cat, spotted deer, Siberian roe deer, musk deer and many other rare animals live here. In total, the park contains about 250 species of large animals.



Tourism
 
An important focus of the Land of the Leopard is the environmental education. For children and adults, the national park organizes lectures and contests,  quizzes and conferences, holds environmental festivals and events. 

The first ecological tunnel in Russia, Narvinsky, is located on the territory of the national park. This facility was built specifically for the safety of wild animals: migrating from one part of the national park to another, deer and leopards can now cross the track on top without leaving the roadway. The tunnel was commissioned on March 26, 2016.
 
Although it is almost impossible for a tourist to meet a Far Eastern leopard in the wild (this cat masquerades well), there are many interesting things you can find out   in the Land of the Leopard. It is not surprising that this territory is visited annually by Russian and foreign tourists  from neighboring China, as well as from Korea, Germany, India, Japan, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, the USA and other countries.



One of the tourist trails in the National Park - “Leopard's Lair”, leads to a cave similar to those where Far Eastern leopards breed. In the spring of 2017, the second ecological route, the "Leopard Path", was opened for visitors.

The third route “Semivyorstka” opened in 2018. It is suitable for hiking, fans of nordic walking and professional cyclists. The relief of the new route is characterized by frequent ascents, and therefore it may be interesting for sportspeople. 

Employees of the national park are planning to create cycling and equestrian routes, picnic points, as well as a path called “Rich Fanza”, which will be decorated in Korean style. 

The Land of the Leopard National Park is managed by the United Directorate of the State Natural Biosphere Reserve Kedrovaya Pad and the Land of the Leopard National Park. And if the national park was formed by a decree of the government of the Russian Federation in 2012, the oldest reserve of the Far East, Kedrovaya Pad, has already celebrated its centenary. By a decree of the Council of the Primorsky Forestry Society in 1916, a project for the establishment of a reserve on this land area of ​​4.5 thousand hectares was approved.
 

How to get there
 
The visit center of the Land of the Leopard National Park is located in the village of Barabash in the Khasansky district of Primorye. You can get to the village by a long-distance bus from Vladivostok (travel time is about 3 hours). In the summer, you can take a ferry  from the seaside capital to the village of Slavyanka, and then go by bus to Barabash. Tours are also organized by travel agencies in Vladivostok.
 


 



Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russian National Parks Primorsky Territory Ecotourism Russian regions travel to Russia 

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