Meet Lel the leopard

Meet Lel the leopard

23 June 2014

Today, we would like to acquaint you with another inhabitant of Land of the Leopard National Park. Meet Lel the leopard, whose name was chosen by Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexander Galushka.


Lel, an adult male Far Eastern leopard, is about six years old. He was first photographed by a camera trap at the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve in 2009. Cameras also captured images of him there in 2011 and 2012. However, several months later, Lel showed up in front of cameras at Land of the Leopard National Park, to the southwest of the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve.


It appears that in 2009, he was still a young male who had just separated from his mother and started looking for his own habitat. Now, Lel seems to have found a home of his own, as in 2013 alone, six camera traps took 17 pictures of the leopard in this area.


The privilege of naming the leopard went to Minister Alexander Galushka. Mr Galushka, who knows that only about 50 Far Eastern leopards roam the Primorye Territory, decided to name him Lel, after the mythical Slavic god of love and marital bliss.