Nova is probably a female Caucasian leopard, which was caught by trap-cameras in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) last year. In the video, Nova found the exact same trap-camera and wanted to find out “what it was”.
Until the autumn of last year, we all knew that there was one permanent resident of the CWR; Neo leopard. After a short while, Nova appeared and gave hope for new expectations. Significant enough in its own right, there is a chance this latest discovery could gain even greater importance, as Nova may be a female leopard. More footage is needed before the experts can be completely confirm that Nova is a female leopard, but the prospect of a future breeding population in this vast protected area gave a room for excitement in recent weeks.