Rare Amur leopards mating success at Kent sanctuary

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A sanctuary in Kent is on a mission to save critically endangered big cats from extinction.

The Amur leopard is the most endangered big cat in the world with as few as 30 living in the wild.

A conservation plan has been drawn up to breed the leopards in captivity, then take them back to the Amur Valley in Russia where they will live in a protected reserve.

Inside Out filmed Hogar and Xizi, two of the rarest big cats in the world, as they attempted to mate.

The pair have been kept in completely separate but adjoining enclosures for months, and have been released for the first time.

BBC Inside Out South East and London are broadcast on BBC One on Monday, 27 February at 19:30 GMT and on the iPlayer nationwide for seven days thereafter.

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