New home for our snow leopards
Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park, one of Kent’s most affordable days out, will be able to see the park’s snow leopards - Ziva and Nuri, in a new light as they explore their spacious home.
The 1,200 square meter enclosure, has undergone extensive refurbishment and now offers the perfect pad for the snow leopard pair.
Neil Spooner, Animal Director said: ‘ We’ve been working hard to make this the perfect environment for our beautiful snow leopards, although there is still some planting and finishing off to do, Ziva and Nuri have already been spotted relaxing on the platforms and exploring the rocks.’
The open fronted and open top enclosure offers visitors great views of the leopards, as there is minimal mesh fencing, allowing for keen photographers to capture images of the pair in a natural looking habitat.
Neil added: ‘Snow leopards are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful big cats in the world. Sadly, they are endangered in the wild, as hunting for their stunning coats together with destruction of their habitat and conflict with humans, has decreased their numbers dramatically. Howletts is part of a European breeding programme designed to boost the numbers of this species and we certainly hope that Ziva and Nuri’s new home will herald the patter of tiny paws in the future.’