The Big Cat Project is based within the Rutland Wildlife Sanctuary in Rutland and offers sanctuary for Big Cats no longer suitable for breeding programmes. Each of our cats has their own very special story and we open just a few times each year to share these and raise funds to home the Cats but also to raise awareness of the need to protect these incredible animals.
You will be guided around the enclosures by Chris Lawton and his team to find out more about these majestic creatures.
We are following the journey of one of our big cat’s Argun an Amur leopard, who has been reintroduced into the breeding program, he was transferred to a Zoo in Belgium back in November 2023, and has been paired with their Amur Leopard Darla in the hope that they can have babies in the near future.
The Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) has been classified as critically endangered with approximately just 90 cats in the Wild left in the World. They are sparsely distributed across Russia, China, and possibly Korea, and their population is still in decline, threatened by increasing damage to their habitat by deforestation and excessive tree logging.
It is our aim to raise vital funds for the plight of the wild Amur Leopard by holding our Big Cat Open Days