Where you find a healthy predator population, chances are you’ll also find a healthy ecosystem. By keeping prey animals in check, predators play an important role in maintaining nature’s balance, allowing species throughout the food chain to survive and thrive in their respective ecological niches. One such ecosystem is Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR), managed by FPWC.
The 65,000-acre (26,300 ha) CWR is one of the last safe homes for the Endangered Caucasian Leopard, and late last year we brought you the news that a new individual had been identified in the reserve. Now new camera trap footage has further bolstered the CWR’s ecological credentials, with Brown Bear, Grey Wolf and Eurasian Lynx all seen in the same location over the course of a few days.
The bears present in the CWR are Syrian Brown Bears, a relatively small subspecies that could number fewer than 150 individuals. Thankfully, cubs have been spotted on FPWC camera traps! After the Brown Bear and Grey Wolf, the Eurasian Lynx is Europe’s largest predator. Capable of killing prey three or four times its size, this wildcat can consume up to two kilograms of meat a day.
FPWC thanks to our real partner World Land Trust for support!