Iraq – the protection of the Persian leopard in the middle of the Kurdistan conflict

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The fate of the Persian leopard is closely connected with the conflict in Kurdistan, said the Kurdish biologist Hana Raza. She fights for the protection of rare animals.

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Iraq: A sanctuary for the Persian leopard

The objective of the project: creation of an area for the protection of the Persian leopard in the North-East of Iraqi Kurdistan in the mountains of Qara Dagh

Project size: The protected area to a size of almost 2300 hectares

Project implementation: Due to the non-governmental organization Nature Iraq

Forty years of war, escape and violence in the Autonomous region of Kurdistan have dominated in Northern Iraq. Hana Raza, who grew up in the Kurdish mountains, comes from a Peshmerga family that fought against the Regime of Saddam Hussein. Now the biologist is for the protection of rare Persian leopard.

Worldwide, there are only about 1,300 Persian leopards. So far, only three have been discovered in the mountains of Qara Dagh. There, the biologist Hana Raza works and long negotiations, is to year, a 2300-acre, mountainous terrain as a protected area for the leopard set up.

A Film by Jürgen Schneider