Twin snow leopards born in Milnthorpe are to be re-located to Poland and Italy as part of an international breeding programme.
Loki and Luna were born in May last year at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis.
They are the first snow leopards to be born in the North of England. Their arrival sparked a record year for the charity, which plays a crucial role in preserving endangered species.
Now the male, Loki, is heading to Plock Zoo in Poland in September where a snow leopard facility is being newly built. His sister, Luna, will be heading to Parco Faunistico Le Cornelle in Italy, which has a suitable male. Their parents, Tara and Pavan, will be staying in Milnthorpe.
Jo Marsden, who runs Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, said: “It’s been lovely to have the twins born here and they’ve been a firm favourite with our visitors.
“The international breeding programme is done via a stud book and both Loki and Luna are flagged for future breeding. We’ll be sorry to see them go, and I’m sure there will be a few tears. But it’s tremendous to know we’ve played a part in helping secure the future of these wonderful animals.”