World’s oldest living leopard dies at Texas Animal Center
Raven, the world’s oldest leopard, died Thursday at the Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport.
“Raven was loved by so many around the world and showed all the strength, beauty and majesty of every member of her species,” center staff said on Facebook. “Plus, she was just the sweetest old lady that we adored with all our hearts. There really will never be another like her.
Raven, a female black leopard, had lived at the animal sanctuary since its beginning in 2003, according to CARE executive director and founder Heidi Krahn.
According to Guinness World Records, Raven holds the title of “oldest living leopard in captivity”. Krahn said center staff will now try to earn him the title of oldest leopard that has ever lived.
“The super amazing thing is leopards in the wild, their average lifespan is about 10 years,” Krahn said. “And in captivity, it’s about 15 years. So to have a 25-year-old leopard is just phenomenal.
Krahn credits Raven’s long life to the holistic care the animals receive at the center, including an all-natural diet and supplements. The most important factor, however, Krahn said, is love.
“Love is also a huge deal,” she said. “We have lots of very dedicated volunteers, interns and of course our staff who absolutely adore each of the animals and spend lots of time with them, making sure they know they are loved.”
Raven celebrated her 25th birthday on July 15.
Krahn said Raven was the latest leopard at the nonprofit animal sanctuary, which is also home to tigers, cougars and other exotic animals.
Krahn said one of Raven’s favorite activities was playing with stuffed toys. She also loved to eat, and she loved her two indoor beds and two outdoor beds, which were decorated with canopies, fairy lights, and other gifts from her fans.
“She was just spoiled and pampered by people all over the world who sent her gifts,” Krahn said. “…She was just loved by the world.”