THE Beast has arrived at Exmoor Zoo near Bratton Fleming with the official opening of her new enclosure. In fact, Ebony the Asian leopard, stayed sensibly dry in her den as visitors, friends and dignitaries braved monsoon conditions to see the new Exmoo

THE "Beast" has arrived at Exmoor Zoo near Bratton Fleming with the official opening of her new enclosure.In fact, Ebony the Asian leopard, stayed sensibly dry in her den as visitors, friends and dignitaries braved monsoon conditions to see the new Exmoor Beast attraction.Along with a real live Beast, there are exhibits of big cat skulls found in the area, a sightings map and a host of information.Local author, naturalist and wildlife expert Trevor Beer also attended. Trevor has helped the zoo with signage and has adopted Ebony as a sponsor. He delighted fans on the day by signing copies of his new book Merlin - about a West Country leopard.Zoo owners Danny and Lyn Reynolds quickly learned about the "alleged" Exmoor Beast shortly after moving to the area in 1994 - when they almost ran over a puma, according to Danny."It's part of the rich culture so many visitors to the area like to experience," he said."Ebony is one of only five captive black leopards in the UK - and if anyone knows of a nice male aged three to seven, we have a young lady waiting to be introduced!