Adoptions are an ideal way of helping save some of the rarest cats in the world, whether it be the smallest wild cat, the Sri Lankan rusty spotted cat, the rarest of all big cats, the Amur leopard or the largest of big cats, the magnificent Amur tiger.
Adopting helps with the cats husbandry, including food and veterinary care when required.
As an adopter you are able to visit on one of the Supporters Afternoons run throughout the year, (one visit per 12 month adoption period); where you will be able to tour our site at your leisure, enjoy talks from the keepers followed by light refreshments. There is also the opportunity of bringing up to 4 guests for a suggested donation of £25 each.
Artur was born in 2002 in Novosibirsk zoo in Russia. He came to WHF, The Big Cat Sanctuary as part of the breeding program in 2004 along with his brother, Artem. They lived together for a while before Artur was introduced to a female, Xizi, and sired two cubs with her in 2008.
As he has played his part in the breeding programme he will now spend his retirement with us in Kent.
His favourite sort of enrichment is smells; cinnamon, perfume, lavender and even sun cream and coffee will turn Artur into a big kitten.
In 1998 an “Inspection Tiger” anti poaching team was established exclusively operating within the Amur leopard range. ALTA (the Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance),an international consortium of interested parties, has developed programmes to combat current threats to this fragile population including: Forest fire fighting (some natural-some deliberately set to clear forest for agricultural use), training & financial support for 3 anti poaching teams, Compensation for loss of live stock killed by leopards (to assist co-existance of man and leopard) prey and leopard population monitoring: small numbered populations are vulnerable to disease and in-breeding with no chance of natural subsequent out breeding .
Estimated that around only 60 Amur leopards remain in the wild, surviving on a dedicated conservation area in Russia, west of Vladivostok-the Primorskii Krai; this is the world’s most endangered big cat. Reaching speeds of 37 mph and able to leap 20 feet horizontally and 10 feet vertically they are formidable predators; giving a suffocating vice like grip to the throat.
Being strong climbers they take a kill up a tree to eat alone. The main prey species of the Amur leopard are roe and sika deer along with hares and badgers.