Rare leopard cubs make debut at Smithsonian National Zoo

  • Thursday 12, September 2019 12:01 PM
  • Rare leopard cubs make debut at Smithsonian National Zoo
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Two rare clouded leopard cubs made their media debut, on Tuesday, at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington. They are the first clouded leopard cubs to ever live at the zoo.
The general public will be able to view the active cubs for a short time, on Wednesday. Their time in public view will gradually increase as they become more acclimated to their new habitat. The pair are socially bonded and have been together since birth.

Zoo officials describe the cubs as being "extremely curious and precocious" as they explore and become accustomed to their new surroundings.

The female cub, Jilian was born on March 24. The male cub, Paitoon, was born on April 29, both in the Nashville Zoo.

Clouded leopards are named for the thunder cloud marking on their fur and are native to Southeast Asia. Clouded leopards are listed as vulnerable in the wild with an estimated 10,000 in existence. They are threatened by deforestation, illegal trafficking and habitat fragmentation.