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Seeing Spots! Extremely Rare Amur Leopard Cubs Make Debut

Congratulations are in order to Kristen and Davidoff, a mated pair of Amur Leopard who are now the proud parents of TWO healthy cubs.  Their home, Twycross Zoo in the UK, is also to be congratulated in helping this critically endangered species – often considered the rarest big cat species in the world –  through the European Endangered Species Program (EEP).  Utilizing the EEP, Twycross Zoo with many others are helping to ensure genetic diversity among the now 176 plus Amur leopards living in zoos.  This figure is nearly triple the wild population count who live in the snowy eastern regions of Russia.

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(Mom and cubs stepping out! Image Credit: Clare Smith/ZooBorns)

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(Sharing a drink. Image Credit: Gillian Day/ZooBorns)

Read more at ZooBorns and ARKive.

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  1. aaminahgreen

    August 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    so adorable

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