‘Playful’ Koshi Snow Leopard Set to Wow Highland Wildlife Park Visitors
Fans of Highland Wildlife Park by Kincraig have responded with joy to the confirmation that a new male snow leopard is coming soon.
Koshi is expected to take the big step from the Big Cat Sanctuary in Ashford, Kent to the Highlands next week.
There are hopes that he will mate with Animesh and produce cubs to bolster the population of the incredibly rare big cat.
Keith Gilchrist, Head of Animal Collection at HWP, said: “We are very happy to welcome Koshi into our care and look forward to our visitors meeting him as well. As snow leopards are vulnerable in the wild, it is important to ensure genetic diversity within the program in order to safeguard the future of the species. “
The Big Cat Sanctuary said it would be very sorry to see Koshi go, and said he and his brother were two of the most playful cubs they’ve ever had around.
Head Warden Briony Smith said, “We know our friends at Highland Wildlife Park will take great care of Koshi and they have an amazing enclosure waiting for them. He will also meet his breeding partner there and hopefully contribute to the endangered species breeding program in the near future.
Animal park social media enthusiast Joanne Mcvey said: “So exciting! Incredibly happy that you have found a new companion for Animesh. I can’t wait to meet him.
Ruth Vaughan-Henry posted: “Great news. I am so thrilled for the animal park after the sad loss of Chan. I’m sure Animesh will love it.
The park’s two 14-month-old female cubs – Leannain and Stardust – will make their delayed move to the Northumberland Country Zoo near Felton in Northumberland next week where a new specially designed enclosure awaits them.
Former HWP resident Chan was put to sleep in September on veterinarian advice.
He suffered from the feline herpes virus (FHV) and also an inherited disease causing painful eye problems.
It costs £ 40 per week to feed Animesh and her cubs.
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