Leo 80M, an unnamed Far Eastern leopard who is currently living at the Center for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in the village of Alekseyevka, will soon move to a new, 1.5-hectare open-air enclosure.
As the centre had never housed a leopard before, all its employees could do was to adjust a tiger's enclosure for the spotted resident.
"The enclosure has been redesigned to suit the leopard's needs and to significantly expand his living space by combining it with another enclosure. As a result, instead of 0.5 hectares, the cub now has 1.5 hectares of open-air territory at his disposal. There is enough room for walking around, stalking and hunting prey, and hiding the kill. More surveillance equipment has been installed, which will enable us to study his hunting behaviour more closely. He has hunted 13 times already," said Viktor Kuzmenko, the centre's director.
The height of the enclosure has been increased by 50 cm to 5 m. The inner side of the fencing has been faced with metal sheets, and an inward-facing overhang has been added to prevent the leopard from getting out ahead of schedule. Experts hope that Leo 80M may be released into the wild next spring.