A Big Cat wildlife sanctuary in Kent is opening its doors to the public for four days this summer. The Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Smarden looks after lions, tigers and other big cats as part of its charity work as a sanctuary and to carry out breeding programmes.
Last year there were miles of traffic queues as hundreds of people turned out for its one day open day. This year booking will only be online. Rebecca Porter, Head Keeper, explains the appeal.
Three rare Amur tiger cubs, born at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent, have been named. The cubs are called Aleena (meaning noble one), Amasia (a future supercontinent of America and Asia) and Siberia (in Northern Russia). The babies were born to mum Ronja and dad Pan in June.
Two rare baby leopards born at a Kent Wildlife Sanctuary have been named, thanks to Meridian viewers. Following an appeal for suggestions, staff at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Smarden chose from hundreds of options.
They've called the female Amur cub Zeya and the boy, Manchurian. Both names are linked to the region in Russia where the leopards originate from.
There were some more wacky suggestions, though, from Fred-eater and Sang-eater to Chip and Dale. But we think these ones suit them.