As the smallest member of the big cat family behind tigers, lions and jaguars, what leopards lack in size, they make up for in power and hunting prowess. Found across Africa, Asia, India and China, leopards pounce, run, stalk, swim and climb to ensnare their prey.
With golden fur and distinctive rosette spots providing the ideal camouflage, the leopard is a solitary creature that hunts at night and can be found sleeping in trees during the day.
Leopard numbers are in decline due to habitat loss, wildlife trade, trophy hunting and loss of prey, resulting in an uncertain future for this charismatic species.
Help rescue captive leopards with an animal adoption, and you'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, personalised certificate and glossy photo. Plus, we’ll send you our Adopt magazine twice a year with updates on all our wildlife adoptions – perfect for animal lovers.
Adoptions last one year (those paid by monthly direct debit roll over until cancelled).
Now extinct from large areas where they used to range, the remaining leopard populations are under serious threat from human activity. Some Asian sub-species are listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered according to the IUCN’s Red List, and overall figures suggest a 30% decline in numbers over recent years.
The large-scale development of land for agricultural use, particularly palm oil, and urbanisation has taken its toll. These wide ranging animals are persecuted when they come in contact with human populations, and the decline in their prey through habitat loss means these encounters are becoming more frequent.
The illegal trade in wildlife still drives demands for leopards to be taken from the wild to live in captivity. Captive leopards suffer when denied the instinct to roam over large areas and can be seen pacing in zoos and circuses.
Leopard numbers are also in decline due to hunting and demand for their skins, which are used in some traditional ceremonies. Facing so many threats, leopards need immediate protection to ensure their survival.
Funds from your adoption will help care for rescued leopards at our big cat sanctuary in Shamwari Private Game Reserve, South Africa. Freed from zoos, and other captive facilities, this sanctuary offers a natural environment where leopards can live out their lives free from harm.
You can help provide care and protection for leopards by adopting the Shamwari Leopard Family.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.Sir David Attenborough
Your money will help:
Fund the lifetime care of our Leopard Family
Provide health checks and veterinary attention for the Leopard Family
Rescue other individual leopards suffering in captivity
Work with governments to strengthen national and international legislation
Our leopard family lives at our big cat rescue centre in Shamwari Private Game Reserve, South Africa. Every member of the family needed to be rescued by Born Free. But with expert care they have recovered and live in spacious bush enclosures.
By adopting them, you will help fund their lifetime care – food, heath checks, veterinary care and enclosure upkeep.
Help provide the care they need.
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We will process and send your order within 3 working days, and would normally expect it to arrive within 7 working days to addresses within the UK. All UK orders are sent via Royal Mail 2nd class delivery. Please allow 28 days for delivery on overseas orders. Please note – we cannot hold orders for delivery on a specific date.
Orders do not need to be signed for, but come in a box which won’t fit through the letterbox so you will need to be available to accept the delivery. A card will be left if you’re unavailable.
The adoption certificate can be personalised with the name of your choice, and delivery arranged to a separate address.
Call our customer support team on 01403 240170.