Taïga arrives at DZG

We’re thrilled to welcome a new female snow leopard to DZG.

DZG Taiga snow leopard

One year-old Taïga arrived overnight from Beauval ZooParc in France to pair with our resident male, Margaash.

Taïga, whose name is a Russian word meaning boreal forest or snow forest, will be kept off-show for the next few days and will slowly be introduced to six year-old Margaash, who will be separated in another part of the enclosure.

Curator Richard Brown, said: “We’re delighted to have Taïga arrive so quickly to join Margaash thanks to the Studbook Keeper, who recommended the move as part of the international breeding programme into their endangered species.

“We’re sure Taïga will soon become a popular addition to DZG and hope these important big cats will soon breed and boost population numbers.”

There are up to 6,000 snow leopards in the wild, but with continued hunting and habitat loss their species numbers are steadily declining.

Thanks to Beauval ZooParc for providing Taïga’s photograph.