British zoo donates leopards to Murcia

Fewer than 1,000 of the endangered Sri Lankan sub-species left in the wild

The leopards, Roshan and Udari, are still adapting to their new enclosure Photo: Terra Natura

By Richard Torné

A UK zoo has donated two leopards to Murcia’s Terra Natura theme park as part of a Europe-wide breeding programme for endangered species.

The Sri Lankan leopards, seven-year old males called Roshan and Udari, now roam inside a 500-square metre enclosure at the Terra Natura zoo after they were donated by South Lakes Safari in Ulverston, Cumbria, more than two weeks ago.

According to the IUCN red list of threatened species, leopard populations have dramatically fallen due to shrinking habitats caused either by rising human populations or the increase in illegal wildlife trade, including “poorly managed trophy hunting”.

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