Snow leopards Taïga and Margaash couldn’t wait to start exploring their newly extended £50,000 enclosure, which has been completed just in time for half term.
Two year-old Taïga was first in to the extension, which has increased their outdoor space by around 60 per cent and made sure she investigated every nook and cranny.
Curator Richard Brown said: “We’re really pleased to finally have the work finished after the build was hindered by the recent weather.
“It was great to see the cats inside and exploring and they both seem really happy with their new home.”
The new enclosure, which incorporates the bank’s established foliage and newly planted donated trees, also includes a variety of enrichment devices to keep our cats stimulated, which have been designed and built by our keeping staff, including high wooden platforms, scratching posts and rope toys and large glass viewing areas to allow visitors to get even closer to our popular pair.
The exhibit has been funded with the help of our generous visitors, who helped us raise funds through 2016’s Onesie Walk, tea with Santa event and individual donations.
We’re continuing to plough ahead with our redevelopment programme to update the site’s enclosures and provide improved facilities for our animals and visitors.
We’ve recently been granted planning permission to start work on demolishing three parrot aviaries and replacing them with a large, single aviary, so watch this space!