Princess Eugenie opens new Jaguar Breeding Centre

Earlier this month, Princess Eugenie – who recently announced she is expecting her first child – opened a new Jaguar Breeding Centre at The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden. Princess Eugenie is patron of The Big Cat Sanctuary.

Recently the Sanctuary celebrated their 20th anniversary and celebrated the occasion with the new attraction featuring Neron and Keira.

The Princess got to see Neron and Keira, a jaguar couple who are part of the European Breeding Programme for Endangered Species. Neron came to The Big Cat Sanctuary in 2019 from a zoo in Amsterdam and met Keira in 2020 when she arrived from the sanctuary’s sister site – Paradise Wildlife Park.

The new Jaguar Breeding Centre is a bespoke habitat made specially for the safe breeding of Jaguar cubs. It is complete with separate pens and a swimming pool.

Princess Eugenie said: “I am so proud to be Patron of such an incredible organisation. With conservation at the forefront of our minds it’s important to continue such valuable work.

“Thank you to all for keeping everything running smoothly and this project launching in the midst of what is a very difficult time. I hope that on my next visit there will be expectation for cubs to come!”

Following on from the special day, the trustees commented: “It was an absolute honour to welcome the Princess and we are so glad she enjoyed her time hand feeding our gorgeous jaguars as well.”

Last week, there was more zoo-news for the 30-year-old: Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia, named its two newest koala joeys and Eugenie and her husband, Jack!

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