SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Two Amur leopard cubs that were born on June 19th are now in their exhibit at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo! They made their public debut on Wednesday.
The two cubs were in a private quarters with their mother for the first eight weeks of their lives, but the pair are now big enough to be out in their new home. The male and female cubs are currently unnamed, but the zoo plans to hold a contest to name them soon.
County Executive McMahon said, “I am thrilled to announce that the new Amur leopard cubs born at the zoo will be able to be seen by the community starting today! These precious little cubs represent an extremely endangered species and we are very proud of our zoo’s involvement in the efforts to save them from extinction.”
The zoo’s current indoor Amur leopard habitat is temporary — it will allow the cubs to explore and learn to climb while the zoo is working to build a larger, more complex outdoor habitat for the family in the former African lion exhibit, Doo Director Ted Fox said.
The cubs are part of the Species Survival Plan. Fewer than 85 Amur leopards remain in the wild in their native habitat in East Russia, making them the world’s rarest big cats.