The leopard's name was chosen by Alexander Galushka, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East.
In Slavic mythology, Lel is the god of love and marriage.
The leopard was first photographed by a camera trap in 2009 in the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve, and in 2011-2012 he was spotted by research associates from the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution.
Land of the Leopard employees determined that Lel moved from Kedrovaya Pad to an area southwest. It is quite possible that in 2009 he was a young male who had just separated from his mother and started looking for his own territory. And he found one. In 2013, he was photographed 17 times on six different camera traps. One camera is located 200 metres from the Chinese border. At present, it cannot be reliably established whether Lel visits his relatives in China or vigilantly guards his native territory.
Although he has reached the age of maturity, Lel is still very active. In 2015, he was spotted several times by camera traps in Land of the Leopard and appears to be in good shape physically and mentally.