The Far Eastern leopard reintroduction centre may be built in Russia in 2017, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi told RIA Novosti.
"We plan to start the construction at Lazovsky Nature Reserve next year as part of the Far Eastern leopard reintroduction programme," Mr Donskoi said.
The minister added that Far Eastern environmentalists will take into account the experience of Sochi National Park's Persian Leopard Breeding Centre, whose inhabitants — Akhun and Killi, both males, and Viktoria, a female — were released into the wild on 15 July.
The construction of the reintroduction centre in the Primorye Territory will be carried out under a programme to restore the Far Eastern leopard population. The executive order to establish the programme was signed by the minister of natural resources and environment in June 2015. At the centre, young animals will be prepared for life in the wild, and they will be released at Lazovsky Nature Reserve.