Julius has arrived safely

On Wednesday, 15 June, Julius, the Chinese leopard, made the journey to his new home and has now arrived safe and sound in Hannover.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Evy Schäfer-Löbl

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Daniel Hierl

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Günter Schmid

As announced last week, Julius had to leave Hellabrunn Zoo on the recommendation of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for the Chinese leopard. The Hannover Adventure Zoo will now be his new home.

The journey was quiet and uneventful. The Asian big cat arrived in Hannover safe and sound. Julius will spend the next few days in a quiet enclosure away from the public eye. After this he will be able to explore his new enclosure in the Jungle Palace. He is expected to have another Chinese leopard join him for company in the future.

The staff at Hellabrunn Zoo wish the Asian big cat a good settling in period. "Julius was a real darling of the zoo and one of the most photographed by visitors. Naturally it’s a pity that he had to go, but we do not have a suitable enclosure for a breeding pair, as is present at Hannover Zoo," says Beatrix Köhler, curator at the zoo.

Hellabrunn Zoo will now focus on breeding the likewise endangered snow leopard. At present, Felix, the snow leopard, is the only representative of its kind at the zoo. However the zoo plans to introduce a new snow leopard couple at Hellabrunn in the future.