Twin Snow Leopard Cubs Zoo debut at Central Park Zoo (Pics, Video)
The most popular frisky snow leopards have finally made a public appearance recently. They were born in the Central Park Zoo this summer. On Monday, they made their public debut and received special attention from the public.
The cubs that have been born are actually twins. They both weigh 30 pounds each. These are one of the first snow leopards that have been born in the Manhattan zoo. The Wildlife conservation society has just confirmed the news. The cubs are supposed to make an appearance at the Allison Maher Stem Snow Leopard exhibition. However, it will happen after some time when the leopards have adjusted to the surroundings.
The zoo guests will be thoroughly entertained by the snow leopard cubs. This has been reported by the director of the zoo, Craig Piper. The exhibition for leopards was meant to aware the people about snow leopards and the danger of their extinction. Another of the objective of the snow leopard exhibition is to bolster the species survival plan, which is actually a breeding program carried out with the zoos across North America, Piper said in an interview.
These cubs have been reproduced by Zoe and Askai, aging 7 and 6 respectively. They have become parents for the first time. These cubs have been sent to the Central park right from the outset. They were kept in the Bronx Zoo before. In the history, it has happened only once that the snow leopard cubs have been born in the city zoo. It was only in the last month that one of the leopard cub made appearance in the Bronx zoo recently.
The unnamed cub who made an appearance in the Bronx zoo last month is fathered by Leo. Leo is a snow leopard who had been rescued from Northern Pakistan. This Leopard had lost his parents and was living life as an orphan.
The snow leopards are about to get extinct from the world and there is wonder why only 3500 to 6500 leopards exist in the world currently. This is the reason why zoos are making efforts to save this species. Most of these leopards are found in the regions of China, Mongolia, Russia, India and Bhutan. Central Park Zoo has been showcasing such leopards from 2009. It is taking care of the snow leopards and saving them from extinction from a long time now and is a proud caretaker of the new Snow Leopard cubs being born recently. The cubs are too tiny at the moment and weigh very less. However, in some time these cubs will gain shape and size. They will actually gain some weight and it can go up to 65 to 120 pounds in some time.
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