Paradise Wildlife Park will say ‘goodbye’ to its, now grown, jaguar cub ‘Keira’ on Friday 19th July as she moves to the organisation’s sister site, The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden, Kent. The move is part of the international breeding programme – it is hoped that Keira will breed with her handsome new partner Neron.
Keira was born at Paradise on April 2nd, 2017 and was the first jaguar born in the Park’s history. She was one of only 11 jaguar cubs born in Europe that year and has been paired with the only male born amongst the 11. Keira has been a huge favourite at Paradise a big hit with the Park’s visitors.
Jaguars are listed as ‘near threatened’ on the ICUN endangered species list and the hope is that Keira will breed, helping to keep captive jaguar blood lines strong and heralding potential future introductions into the wild.
Even though The Big Cat Sanctuary is not open to the general public Paradise visitors can still see Keira – tours of the site are available to book on-line and every summer the Sanctuary holds five open days.
For more information on how to see Keira now she has moved, visit the Big Cat Sanctuary’s website; www.thebigcatsanctuary.org