The leopardess got her affectionate sounding name Dunya from Sergei Ivanov, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport and Chair of the Far Eastern Leopards Supervisory Board.
Dunya and her six-month-old cub were first caught by a trail camera on 2 August 2013. Scientists think she may have given birth to other cubs as well.
Dunya is very cautious and prefers to roam Land of the Leopard National Park at night. But unlike many other elusive leopardesses, this one is frequently seen on motion-sensor cameras, giving scientists more information to study. Cameras captured five images of her in 2015. The photos recorded Dunya enthusiastically exploring her habitat, despite the deep snow.
In 2017, the leopardess turned seven. This year was particularly prolific in terms of photos — she was caught on cameras ten times. The predator is in excellent physical shape and continues to actively hunt for food.