On May 31, the Presidential Grants Foundation announced the names of its 2019 contest finalists. The list included The Wild Far East project developed by the Far Eastern Leopard autonomous non-profit organisation.
The Wild Far East is a project for those who enjoy watching animals in their natural environment or taking pictures of wildlife. It will be carried out in collaboration with the Joint Administration of the Kedrovaya Pad State Biosphere Reserve and Land of the Leopard National Park. Together, they will create and equip a total of eight photo hides used for filming wild animals in their natural habitat. Famous Russian wildlife photographer Sergei Gorshkov will serve as the consultant on this project.
"In our photo hides, Land of the Leopard visitors will experience unforgettable moments; they will be able to watch and photograph not only Far Eastern leopards but also other Ussuri taiga residents," said Yelena Gangalo, general director of Far Eastern Leopards. "We believe that the chance to show our visitors wild animals in their natural habitat is not only a way to make environmental tourism more attractive, but also an essential factor in spreading environmental awareness and promoting nature protection, which contribute to nature conservation and generate public support for reserve management."
The implementation of the Wild Far East project will start this year and end in 2020.