Leopard cat arrives at City Centre Zoo, Plantasia
Swansea’s Plantasia welcomed a new resident last week, as the first of two Asian leopard cats moved into a new enclosure at the popular indoor rainforest attraction.
The 6-month-old wild cat arrived from nearby Folly Farm on Thursday (29th August), joining over 40 different animal species that Plantasia is now home to including crocodiles, monkeys, meerkats, parrots and pythons. The second cat will arrive in the coming weeks.
Known for their playfulness and inquisitive nature, the leopard cats will reside in a new purpose-built enclosure created to replicate the forested areas they inhabit in the wild. Visitors will be able to learn more about the cats from daily Zookeeper Talks, as part of Plantasia’s education programme.
Michael Colwill, Zoo Manager at Plantasia, said: “The addition of the leopard cats provides an exciting opportunity to showcase yet another fascinating rainforest species. Combined with all of our other animals, visitors to Plantasia can now see and learn about a wider variety of fauna and flora of the major rainforest ecosystems.”
Situated at the Parc Tawe complex, Plantasia re-opened in April following a £1.1m investment by Swansea Council and a new partnership with leisure and attractions operator Parkwood Leisure.
Anthony Williams, General Manager of Plantasia, said: “The significant investment and subsequent re-launch of Plantasia earlier this year has been a huge success. Thousands of visitors have flooded in and been amazed at the changes made. We have a commitment to ‘Grow the Imagination’ of our guests so it’s important that we continue to evolve and develop our offering.
“The arrival of the new leopard cats is part of our commitment to making Plantasia a fun and educational environment that can be enjoyed everyone. I’m also sure these cats will play a starring role in our future and be a main attraction for many of our guests!”
For more information about Plantasia visitwww.plantasiaswansea.co.uk or call Plantasia on 01792 474555.