Transporting leopards between Estonia and the UK
Recently, Greencarrier Freight Services in Estonia was asked to help transport a male Amur Leopard from Tallinn Zoo to Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland. On our way back, we also helped to bring another male back to Tallinn Zoo, which we picked up from Twycross Zoo in England. Both leopards were about two years old, Freddi from Tallinn being born in April 2014 and Aleksei from England being born in June the same year.
The most critically endangered leopard in the world
The main purpose of the transports was to breed and increase the number of Amur leopards in the world. The Amur leopard is the most critically endangered of all big cats. It suffers from poaching, the pressures of habitat destruction and lack of prey due to overhunting. While at the beginning of the 20th century, the species was still quite common in southern Primorye in Russia, its population gradually got fragmented. Today, only a small population of about 50 individuals live in their natural habitats the Russian, Chinese and North Korean border region.