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Banham Zoo mourns death of beloved Sri Lankan leopard cub

Friday 14th August 2020

Keepers at Banham Zoo have said they are devastated at the death of one of their two 10-week old Sri Lankan leopard cubs on 13 August. The male leopard cub was taken ill in recent weeks but, after a full veterinary examination, was believed to have fully recovered.

The cub’s cause of death is currently unknown, and a post-mortem examination is being carried out.

The leopard cub, along with his brother, was born to mum Sariska and breeding partner Mias on 4 June 2020.

Gary Batters, Joint Managing Director, Zoological Society of East Anglia, said: “This is devastating news for the keepers and staff who have cared for the leopard cub since his birth in early June. He will be greatly missed by the team here at Banham Zoo.”

The Zoological Society of East Anglia, the charity which runs Banham Zoo in Norfolk and Africa Alive in Suffolk, is a partner in the European Breeding Programme for the Sri Lankan leopard, which is one of 9 subspecies of leopard.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classify the Sri Lankan leopard as Vulnerable, following their last assessment in October 2019, with under 800 mature individuals left in the wild. As their name suggests, Sri Lankan leopards are native to Sri Lankan and are found in a range of habitats from open savannah to rainforests.

Banham Zoo and Africa Alive recently reopened to the public with new safety measures in place.

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