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.
Xizi was born at Helsinki zoo in Finland in 2005, and came to WHF, The Big Cat Sanctuary in 2007, at around 2 years old.
She has produced two sets of two cubs since being with us. In 2008, she bred with Artur and gave birth to two male cubs, Argun and Anuy.
Argun is currently at another collection in the UK, awaiting a female, whilst Anuy is at Hiroshima zoo in Japan and has himself fathered cubs, making Xizi a grandmother!
She also produced two cubs with Hogar in 2012.
Xizi is easily recognisable by the marking behind her left eye, which is in the shape of a perfect love heart.
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.