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Published on Jul 18, 2013
Persian Leopard cubs are born in Sochi National Park for the first time in 50 years as a result of a program to restore the population of these unique animals. The program has been implemented within the framework of the "Games in Harmony with Nature" dimension of the Sochi 2014 Environmental Strategy. The program aims to contribute to the biodiversity preservation in the region in the lead up to the Sochi 2014 Games. The parents of the "Olympic" cubs are leopards Zadig and Andrea, brought to the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Center in Sochi from Lisbon Zoo in October 2012. Young leopards are currently kept with their mother and will be released into the wild in the Caucasian State Nature Biosphere Reserve after adapting to the wild. Experts will continue to monitor the cubs' health and development.