Northumberland Country Zoo is set to welcome two female snow leopard cubs next month.
The animals, which are travelling from Scotland’s RZSS Highlands Wildlife Park, will live in a "spacious, new purpose-built enclosure" where they’ll be looked after by a team of specially trained keepers.
The zoo plans on closing for about a week following the cubs' arrival to make sure they have time to adapt to their new surroundings in a peaceful way.
Maxine Bradley from Northumberland Country Zoo said staff are "excited" to meet their new residents:
"The cats’ arrivals represent a fantastic boost for the region at a time when good news isn’t so forthcoming; we can’t wait to welcome visitors in to see them.”
People will be able to meet the snow leopards from 7 November.