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The Johannesburg Zoo is providing critical medical care at its veterinary hospital for a young, pregnant leopard that was found ensnared in Magaliesburg in the North West Province.

The leopard receiving treatment at Johannesburg Zoo's veterinary hospital
The leopard receiving treatment at Johannesburg Zoo's veterinary hospital. For slightly larger version, click here.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo's veterinarians Dr Katja Koepel and Dr Francois Le Grange together with Acting Hospital Manager, Mr Bishop Ngobeli were requested to provide critical care for the leopard that was airlifted to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital's helipad in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 24 September.

John Power, from North West Nature Conservation, advised Zoo officials that a collared leopard released into the wild was reported as being unusually stationary. She was then located and found entrapped in a snare - probably meant for antelope.

The team at Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo collected her in a crate within 25minutes of receiving the request and rushed her to the Johannesburg Zoo's veterinary hospital under sedation. At the hospital she was stabilised, received fluids and medication, and her large wound, which cut through all her muscles, was sutured during the 2-hour procedure.

The leopard, which is in a stable but critical condition, will remain in hospital until fully recovered and will only be released once nature conservation officials find a suitable recuperation site.

Managing Director of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, Mr Bulumko Nelana, commended all nature conservations officials at Leopards for the Future, North West Nature Conservation and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo for their quick action and amazing dedication to saving the leopard.

Issued on behalf of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

For media enquiries contact:

Dr Katja Koepel, BVMS, MRCVS, MSc (wildlife), CertZooMed
Senior Veterinarian, Johannesburg Zoo
072 173 2282


Jenny Moodley
Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
082 803 0748