Two of the world’s rarest huge cats are to affix a zoo’s assortment, however guests will be unable to see them.
A feminine and a male Amur leopard are being launched to a brand new enclosure on the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park.
The society hopes that by retaining the cats off-show they’ll breed and rear cubs nearly devoid of human contact.
If cubs are reared on the web site within the Cairngorms it’s deliberate to launch them into the wild in Russia.
Douglas Richardson, head of dwelling collections on the park close to Kincraig, mentioned: “A specifically designed, off-show, breeding complicated for Amur leopard is now full and it was made potential resulting from a really beneficiant nameless donation.
“Because the park has giant, undeveloped areas, it gave us the chance to construct an in depth leopard facility that may permit us to provide and rear cubs that weren’t accustomed to people, making them straight eligible for the Russian reintroduction challenge.”
The male, Freddo, was born in Tallinn Zoo in Estonia and the feminine, Arina, was born at Twycross Zoo within the Midlands. Each had been born in 2014.
Mr Richardson mentioned: “If our leopards produce and rear cubs this 12 months, we may very well be ready to return cats to Russia by mid to late 2018, which may be very thrilling as our method will dramatically abbreviate the reintroduction course of.
“Our Amur leopards won’t ever be on present to our guests however we hope to create an data hub that may clarify all about this thrilling conservation challenge and hopefully educate individuals in regards to the plight of those animals.”
There are considered fewer than 70 Amur leopards within the wild.
Amur tigers, snow leopards and three polar bears are additionally within the park’s assortment.
Two of the polar bears, feminine Victoria and male Arktos, have been sharing the identical enclosure. Park employees hope they’ll mate.
The bears first went into the identical enclosure collectively final 12 months. Victoria did not later go on to have cubs.