Now, two severely endangered Amur leopards have been born at a zoo.
When an endangered species is born, it’s always exciting. Each new arrival is a message of optimism for endangered species that they can survive for future generations.
The zoo gave birth to two endangered Amur leopards.
Their cubs, according to the zoo, represent a great contribution to the population of the Far Eastern leopard, one of the most endangered cat species in the world.
Anya and Irina are children’s names, denoting “grace” and “peace” respectively.
The pairs were bred after the Amur Leopard Survival Plan was recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and they came from various US zoos.
According to the zoo, both mother and cubs are doing well and are spending some time in the closed mother den, where they will remain for the next several months until they can be safely released into Big Cat Country Zoo’s open environment. .
Both babies weighed about 2.5 pounds at birth, but weigh between 60 and 125 pounds as adults.
Four more leopard cubs have been born at the St. Louis Zoo since 1991, but this is the first cub since 2010. Pregnancy for Amur leopards is 100 days, and they spend a year and a half with their mothers in the wild.