A photo exhibition of the world's rarest wild cats will open as part of the fourth Russia's Primeval Nature festival at the Central House of Artists in Moscow. The photographs were taken by Yury Shibnev, Toshiji Fukuda and Valery Maleyev. Russia's Primeval Nature festival will run from 20 January to 26 February. The main themes this year are Russia's system of nature reserves, the first of which was established 100 years ago, and the Year of the Environment.
The exhibition's photographs of Far Eastern leopards were taken in the wild. Yury Shibnev was the first to take such photographs in the 1980s. Toshiji Fukuda from Japan has been taking photos of people in the Primorye Territory, Yakutia, Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands for more than 20 years. He was the first Japanese photographer to capture the image of Far Eastern leopards and Amur tigers in the wild. He will present an exhibition called Far East Nature at the festival. Valery Maleyev took his first photograph of a Far Eastern leopard in 2009. His portfolio includes unique photos of a female leopardess and her three cubs.
The festival programme includes The Most Beautiful Country photo exhibition of the Russian Geographical Society, themed days about specially protected areas and environmental protection, as well as meetings with national park and nature reserve directors and photographers. Visitors will be able to see wildlife and travel documentaries and to attend popular science lectures. The programme for children includes cartoons, workshops, scientific shows and quizzes.
Russia's Primeval Nature festival was first held in 2014. After it ends, the photo exhibition is taken on tour across Russia and beyond.