Vladivostok opens Leopard Embankment

Vladivostok opens Leopard Embankment

3 September 2016

On 2 September, Vladivostok opened its new Leopard Embankment in the vicinity of the Bay of Patrokl. The ceremony was attended by Sergei Ivanov, Special Presidential Representative for Environment Protection, Ecology and Transport, and Chair of the Far Eastern Leopards Supervisory Board, and Yelena Gangalo, General Director of the autonomous non-profit organisation Far Eastern Leopards.


"We are naming this street after the most beautiful cat on earth, and its name is also beautiful," Mr Ivanov said during the gala. He stressed that the number of Far Eastern leopards had doubled within the preceding years. "Eighteen cubs were born in 2015 and the beginning of 2016 alone, and this was wonderful. I would like to thank all those involved in the protection of the rarest large cats in the world — not only government offices and environment protection organisations but all people who care," he said.


Leopard Embankment is intended as a venue for projects and social events related to Far Eastern leopard protection.


"More and more people will learn about our Far Eastern leopard protection project as they walk along this embankment. <…> We will spare no efforts to make it truly beautiful, since it is an outstanding site for recreation," Yelena Gangalo said.


The name of the embankment was established by resolution No. 2103 of 14 July 2016 after it was approved at a regular meeting of the city’s toponymy commission.