Our Animals at Rolling Hills Zoo
Here in our zoo, you can get face-to-face with a rare white camel, an Indian rhino, a curious orangutan, an ornery aardvark or many of the other 105 species of wildlife at home in our zoo. Great care has been taken to provide our animals spacious and naturalistic environments throughout 65 acres of beautifully landscaped park.
Our Zoo Crew
As you stroll through the zoo, we hope you take the opportunity to visit with one of our zookeepers. This dedicated crew is a huge reason why visiting Rolling Hills is such a unique experience. They are specially trained to enhance the quality of life for our animals, which in turn helps the animals thrive and be extra responsive to zoo visitors. Our zookeepers know the animals well and are happy to relate their own insights about the many animal personalities here at Rolling Hills.
Farther north than most leopards live, the Amur leopard wanders the Amur River region between Russia and Asia. It is well adapted to this harsh variable habitat with long legs that enable it to walk through deep snow.
When the season turns cold, the Amur leopard sheds its shorter golden colored coat in favor of long, light-colored pelage which provides extra insulation and necessary camouflage. The Amur leopard’s coat pattern is distinguished from other leopard subspecies by its widely spaced thick black circles called rosettes that help him blend into his surroundings.
Incredibly agile, these leopards are capable of leaping 10 feet vertically and 20 feet horizontally. They can run over 35 miles per hour for short distances.
With powerful shoulders, this solitary predator will stalk or ambush large prey such as red deer or wild boar and then drag it up into the trees to leisurely consume without interruption from other predators
Breeding season for Amur leopards in the wild usually occurs in January and February. After a gestation period of 90-105 days, a litter of 2-3 cubs weighing about one pound arrive. They open their eyes after 10 days and emerge from the den at 6-8 weeks. Although they are weaned at three months, cubs will stay with their mother for up to two years.
Although the Amur leopard is the rarest big cat in the world, it is also a relatively unknown species outside of its homeland. With only 30-35 individuals remaining in the wild, it is listed as Critically Endangered. Deforestation, the use of animal parts for traditional medicine, and conflict with humans has had a devastating effect on
There are less than 200 Amur leopards in the captive population worldwide, mostly in European zoos. Unfortunately, the captive population comes from only nine wild-born founders. There is a proposal to capture some wild leopards to place in zoos to provide genetic diversity with the hope that one day they can return to the wild when their habitat stabilizes.
Rolling Hills is home to two Amur leopards: Rima (right) who was born May 25, 1996, and Darius (left), our
newest addition, born June 30, 2002.