Meet the leopard called Sochi

Meet the leopard called Sochi

7 July 2014

This is Sochi, a young Far Eastern leopard. Its name was chosen by the Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House, a partner of the Leopard Land National Park.


Very little is known about Sochi. Scientists are not even sure about its gender. The only reliable information is that it lives south of the central part of the Leopard Land National Park and is about three years old.


But trail cameras have captured this leopard’s character. Sochi is definitely inquisitive: It has been photographed twice, and both times, it looked into the camera as if trying to understand who was tracing it.


As for its name, there were two reasons for choosing it.


“First, the Far Eastern leopard was one of the mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and we thought that this leopard was as big-eyed as the Olympic mascot. And second, we recalled that the Olympic leopard was sketched by an artist from Nakhodka [a port city in the Primorye Territory in the Russian Far East]. All this seemed symbolic to us and influenced our choice of the name,” said Yelena Duda, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda.