Northumberland Zoo Welcomes Snow Leopards to Collection

First for the Region as Northumberland Zoo Welcomes Snow Leopards to Collection

This November, Northumberland Country Zoo is set to welcome two of the world’s most enigmatic and beautiful big cats to its collection. The zoo has taken into its care two female snow leopard cubs, re-homing them in a spacious, new purpose-built enclosure where they’ll roam and be looked after by a team of specially trained keepers.

The zoo near Felton, already one of the region’s best loved visitor hubs, will be the first and only place in the north east to boast snow leopards as part of its collection. The cubs, travelling from Scotland’s RZSS Highlands Wildlife Park, will arrive at the beginning of December. Northumberland Zoo plans to close for a week following their arrival to allow the young cats to settle and acclimatise to their new surroundings before holding an exclusive, snow leopard-themed public reopening ceremony on the weekend!

Tickets will be on sale soon for the special weekend, with Northumberland Zoo promising two unforgettable days of education and fun for the entire family. The zoo adheres to the very highest standards of hygiene and visitor safety, meaning it is making available only a restricted number of passes.

Those that do visit will not only get a tantalizing first look at the magnificent cats in their brand-new enclosure, they will also be treated to snow leopard related goodies and Covid-19 compliant animal face painting for children. A percentage of the weekend takings will be donated towards the vital conservation projects that are carried out by the Snow Leopard Trust in the cats’ native range.

Maxine Bradley of the family-run, not-for-profit business, shared hers and her team’s excitement at the zoo’s newest arrivals.

“We’re so excited to welcome the young cats to the family, their arrival signals yet another new chapter for Northumberland Zoo, as we strive to be one of the most exciting, conservation-focused attractions in the region. Snow leopards are renowned for being highly elusive in the wild, so we’re truly privileged to have them here, offering the public an unprecedented chance to get up close and learn more about these beautiful creatures.

“The cats’ arrivals represent a fantastic boost for the region at a time when good news isn’t so forthcoming; we can’t wait to welcome visitors in to see them!”

Keith Gilchrist, animal collections manager at Highland Wildlife Park, said, "It has been an incredible year watching our snow leopard cubs grow and they will be missed by everyone here at the park. 

 "They are and continue to be an incredible ambassador for their relatives in the wild." 

Tickets for the special weekend will go on sale in early December.