Russian Academy of Sciences takes part in the 2 nd International Workshop on Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Carnivores

Russian Academy of Sciences takes part in the 2 nd International Workshop on Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Carnivores

The 2 nd International Workshop on Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Carnivores is being held on October 12–15, 2021 at the A.N.Severtsov Institute for Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).

The Organizing Committee of the 2 nd International Workshop is chaired by RAS Academician Vyacheslav Rozhnov, member of the Bureau of the RAS Department of Biological Sciences, President of the RAS Teriological Society.

The meetings are attended by scholars, public officials and representatives of NGOs from China, Germany, India, Malaysia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tatarstan and the United States.

The programme includes presentations on the Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) reintroduction project in the north-west of its habitat range, experience of Amur tiger reintroduction using the ‘soft’ method, the programme for brown bear restoration in the Bryansk Region and the results of orphaned bear releases, temporal and spatial patterns of human-leopard interactions in Assam (India), unified DNA typing technology for big cat population monitoring and regulation, interpretation and application of field verification data for habitat assessment of the Amur tiger and its prey base populations in Little Khingan (China), reintroduction of the Persian leopard in the Caucasus and other aspects of rehabilitation and reintroduction of predatory mammals.

Project partners: Wildlife Society (Russia), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Moscow Zoo, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The working meeting is dedicated to the memory of Valentin Pazhetnov (1936–2021), DSC (Biol.), who developed a system for returning orphaned bears to the wild and who tragically died this summer.