Colchester Zoo is excited to announce that on the 28 April they welcomed a male Amur leopard called Crispin from the Czech Republic. Crispin is settling in well to his new home, visitors can now see him exploring and getting acquainted with his new surroundings. It won’t be long before the zoo also welcomes a female Amur leopard named Esra from Belgium in the coming weeks. Once the new arrivals have settled in, the zoo are hoping that they may become a breeding pair in the near future. This is particularly important for this species as they are currently classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, with only 35 remaining in the wild.
Recent maintenance work at the ‘Leopards at Ussuri Falls’ enclosure means that the new leopards can get to know each other through the mesh of their homes. Amur leopards are solitary cats therefore are only mixed when the females come into season. This new mesh will assist in a relationship being built between the two cats when they are separate so that when they are mixed they are more at ease.
Colchester Zoo’s previous Amur leopards, Milena and Sayan, have now moved to their new home together and have settled in well.
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