Denekli is a cub of Nerussa. She was spotted in the central part of Land of the Leopard with her mother and sibling twice in 2013.
The leopardess was named by the children at School No. 2 in the town of Slavyanka, who won a Leopard Day contest in 2014. The name sounds similar to the Turkish word for "spotty."
The predator’s sex remained unknown for a long time: it was eventually identified as a result of the rare cats photo monitoring carried out in jointly with Chinese experts. The monitoring also revealed that Denekli had moved to China.