Student at Inessa Svetlova School outside Moscow
Alexander “Sasha” Grigoryev proposed the Help the Far Eastern Leopard Survive charity initiative. His schoolmates and teachers were eager to support the project, helping Sasha’s idea materialise. They drew posters in advance, inviting people to take part in a charity fair. The event featured a screening of the documentary The Far Eastern Leopard: Battle for the Taiga Throne, after which each class participated in quizzes on the Far Eastern leopard. At Sasha’s initiative, schoolchildren and their parents made cookies, cakes and crafts, which were sold to teachers and parents, and raised 33,000 roubles for leopard conservation. On 26 April, Sasha presented his project at the Far Eastern Leopards autonomous non-profit organisation’s stand at the first Ecotech international exhibition, a forum on green technology. Land of the Leopard National Park also took part in the exhibition. Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office and Chair of the Supervisory Board at the Far Eastern Leopards autonomous non-profit organisation Sergei Ivanov thanked Sasha, his school teachers and students for actively contributing to preserving the leopard. He also awarded Sasha the title of Leopard Keeper. In recognition of their achievements, in May 2016, Sasha and students from Inessa Svetlova School chose a name for a female Far Eastern leopard, Leo 56F. They named her Alba, which means “bright/white” or “auspicious” in Latin.