Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is ever-changing and we always like to provide you with something new and interesting when you visit us!
Get a first glimpse of what might be coming next…
Nigel the Puma…
You’ve probably already met our beautiful Puma Nigel; if not, get yourself down to Lincolnshire wildlife Park to view him in his new enclosure.
The lad with the most exotic name has retired to the park from ‘Amazing Animals’ in Oxford where he was identified as having a serious eye defect. Nigel had to step down from the limelight and could no longer work in the media due to his vision problem. We were approached by the park to see whether we would have the space to be able to give him a permanent home for the remainder of his life… obviously we could not refuse him!
Nigel has began his journey with us at our Animal Holding Enclosure, which has been specially designed with him in mind. The Animal Holding Enclosure is a perfect starting place for Nigel as the enclosure is not too desolate or open, and has plenty of different levels to mimic his natural habitat on rocky American landscape. This will give him chance to get a feel of his new surroundings, with plenty of space; but still with a private indoor area for when he’s feeling vulnerable or needs peaceful rest. For more information on his species, take a look at our ‘Mammals‘ section or take a look at his previous home www.amazinganimals.co.uk
Zuri our Black Panther…
Zuri is a beautiful Melanistic Leopard, most commonly known as a black panther. He arrived at LWP in April 2017 a very shy and nervous boy, therefore we are allowing him plenty of time to settle into his new surroundings alongside Nigel our Puma while we raise funds to build his new enclosure. Unfortunately Nigel and Zuri cannot be out at the same time as they would never naturally live together in the wild. They would fight and we would not want either of them to feel threatened or get hurt. Therefore, until their separate new enclosures are built over on the Nature Reserve, we have a special rotation system in place. This means that you will hopefully be able to view both cats while visiting, but also allows them to have freedom and privacy of their own. Their rotation timetable is usually displayed, or you can ask a member of staff when you visit.
Zuri is a fabulous creature, with such beautiful markings and quiet nature. Black Panthers are found in Asia and Africa, and their beautiful jet black fur is due to a dominant gene which produces melanin (the pigment that makes our skin darker). If you look closely you will see that he actually has leopard printed fur, its just well hidden!