With approximately 36 Amur leopards left in the wild and fewer than 200 in captivity across the world, Twycross Zoo’s male Amur leopard, Davidoff, could be considered one of the luckiest bachelors this Valentine’s Day.
Twelve months ago a female Amur leopard named Kristen arrived at Twycross from a Zoo in the Czech Republic as part of the international breeding programme of this critically endangered species. In recent weeks the pair have been showing a lot of interest in each other, which has sparked excitement amongst zoo keepers.
Julian Chapman, Team Leader of Large Mammals, said: “Kristen and Davidoff have been spotted mating on several occasions, which is an encouraging sign that the pair have bonded well. As they mature, we hope they will continue to show a lot more interest with each other, and that we might see cubs at some point in the future.”
Dr Charlotte Macdonald, Head of Life Sciences, added: “With a total population of 30-35 individuals in the wild, the Amur leopard is the most endangered big cat on earth and listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to poaching and damage to its habitat from logging and forest fires.”
Twycross Zoo is extremely pleased Davidoff has finally found his Valentine. Kristen and Davidoff are both on view to the public at Twycross Zoo.