Sergei Ivanov, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport and chair of the Far Eastern Leopards Supervisory Board, has given the affectionate sounding name Dunya to a leopardess.
On 2 August 2013, a camera trap took the first photos of Dunya and her six-month-old cub. Scientists believe that she may have given birth to other cubs as well. The leopardess is currently about six years old and in the prime of her life.
Dunya is very cautious, and she does not like to be in the spotlight. She usually roams Land of the Leopard National Park at night. But unlike many other elusive leopardesses, this one is frequently photographed by automatic camera traps and thus sends a lot of information to researchers. Five images of her have been taken since early 2015.
Judging by the 2015 photos, Dunya is in peak form, and she obviously has no trouble hunting her prey. She enthusiastically explores her territory. She is not even stopped by thick snow. In addition, several Far Eastern male leopards have been caught on camera not far from Dunya, which means that this leopardess may soon have cubs again.