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A new home for leopard Bakari

Bakari up in the branches in his new enclosure.

Update, 24th of November 2016 - Bakari's new enclosure

Bakari had the opportunity to explore his big enclosure and forever home in LIONSROCK in the past few days. Erin, his former care taker, was there to support Bakari during this prosedure. Luckily he was coming back in his adaption enclosure by himself after a while until he dared to go out a second time. He started climbing the trees already, to the last possible branch on the highest level, which was amazing to see. In fact he was more above the ground than on the ground. During these tours he seemed to feel really safe as well as confident to explore more of his new environment and that he has build up trust towards his new care takers, who will help to manage his new life at LIONSROCK from now on. 

Bakari is climbing up high on his own trees.

He is clearly relaxing in the South African sun.

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

The leopard nobody wanted...

Bakari - the lively leopard - who has spend the last six years of his life in our Big Cat Centre FELIDA has finally moved to South Africa, where he finds a lifelong, species-appropriate home in our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK. 


Life wasn't easy for the beautiful leopard. Bakari was orginally born in a German zoo, where his very own purpose was to take pictures with visitors during a christmas dinner. After the event was over, he wasn't needed anylonger. Bakari is a symbol that today's throwaway society doesn't care if it's a good or a living creature they are getting rid of.  At the young age of only 2,5 months, leopard Bakari came to Pantera - a big cat centre in the Netherlands, which we took over in 2013. We renamed it FELIDA Big Cat Centre and started building bigger enclosures for the animals there. Ever since that FELIDA is a temporary home for rescued big cats. When we took over Pantera, 26 big cats were living there. Far too many for the area 1 hectare of size. We immediately reacted and transferred the first big cats to LIONSROCK in 2013. The following two years all-together 13 big cats found a new, species-appropriate home in our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK. 2016, finally it was Bakari's turn. In the last six years, he was living in FELIDA Simone, side manager of FELIDA and her team tried hard to offer him a comfortable life. His enclosure was gradually enlarged, trees and bushes were planted for him to climb and fulfill his natural instincts and on a daily base new enrichment was given to him. Nevertheless, it was clear for all of us, that FELIDA wouldn't be Bakari's final destination. The young leopard deserves to live a species-appropriate life in the land of his forfathers. This weekend, he finally moved in...


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