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A new home for leopard Bakari


© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

The leopard nobody wanted...

Bakari - the lively leopard - who has spent the last six years of his life in our Big Cat Centre FELIDA has finally moved to South Africa, where he can enjoy 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 sole purpose was to be used for 'selfies' with tourists 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 living creature they are getting rid of.

 At the young age of only 2 and a half 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.  FELIDA is only a temporary home for our rescued big cats. When we took over, 26 big cats were living there. Far too many animals for an area of  just 1 hectare. We immediately took action and transferred the first big cats to our massive Big Cat Sanctuary, LIONSROCK, in Africa. Over the next two years, 13 big cats found a new, species-appropriate home in LIONSROCK. In 2016, it was finally Bakari's turn to join them.

During the last six years, whilst he was living in FELIDA, the Manger, Simone 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. Last weekend, he finally moved in...


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