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Rare Amur Leopard Cubs Shown to Public for First Time at San Diego Zoo

2018-06-02 10:59
Two playful young leopard cubs were shown off at San Diego Zoo for the first time on Thursday, May 31. "These cubs are really significant because the Amur leopard is the rarest type of big cat in the world," said senior keeper, Todd Speis, adding "In the wild there's less than 100 of these." The pair were born on April 5th to their mother Satka and animal care staff have said they have had limited contact with the cubs, allowing the mother to introduce them to their environment. However, staff will examine the twins in the coming days to do a health check and even discover what sex the pair are. "There's hope in the future to do reintroduction programs so zoos are trying to boost their populations so we'll have animals to help participate," said Speis. Amur leopards hail from the Primorye region of Russia.