The official opening ceremony of Russia’s first ecological tunnel under the Narvinsky pass in the Khasansky District in Russia’s Far East took place on March 26, 2016. The tunnel specifically designed to preserve the near-extinct Amur leopard population let rare wild cats roam across their range without difficulty now. Earlier the highway intercepted animals’ migration routes, and quite a few leopards were hit by cars.The 575-metre Narvinsky tunnel is about 10 metres in width and 5 metres in height; it cuts the ridge of mountain pass with a highway connecting Vladivostok with the southern part of Primorye – Khasan village.
Primorsky Krai Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky, Kremlin Administration Chief and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Eurasian Centre for Leopard Preservation and Rehabilitation Sergei Ivanov and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev attended the official opening ceremony. The Phoenix Fund also took part in the opening ceremony.
“Since 2007, the Phoenix Fund together with other environmental NGOs and scientific institutions have been paying great attention to reconstruction of the road Razdolnoye – Khasan in order to minimize its impact on leopard population and its range. Scientists and ecologists addressed to Sergei Ivanov and Primorsky Krai Governor with requests on the issue. We are glad to see such a wonderful result of our joint efforts!” says Director of the Phoenix Fund Sergei Bereznuk.