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201330Mar10:35

Clouded Leop­ard cubs grow­ing at the Smith­son­ian Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy Institute

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pub­lished 30 March 2013 | mod­i­fied 08 March 2014
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The clouded leop­ard cubs born at the Smith­son­ian Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy Insti­tute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Vir­ginia — US, Feb­ru­ary 6, are healthy and grow­ing. At nearly two months old, they just received their first vac­ci­na­tions.
Cloudedleopard cub SCBI2Cloudedleopard cub SCBI1
As they have grown, their diet has changed to match their appetites and nutri­tional needs. When the cubs were first born they were bottle-​fed by keep­ers every cou­ple of hours, but they recently grad­u­ated from bottle-​only feed­ings. In addi­tion to fewer bot­tle feed­ings, they receive four feed­ings of chopped and cooked chicken meat mixed with a small feline diet. The male cub weighs a lit­tle more than 1.5 kg and his female sib­ling just over 1 kg.

The cubs will remain at SCBI Front Royal until they are three and a half months old. They will then move to other zoos for even­tual breed­ing as rec­om­mended by the Species Sur­vival Plan. Listed as Vul­ner­a­ble to extinc­tion in the wild accord­ing the IUCN Red List of Threat­ened Species™, SCBI has suc­cess­fully bred more than 70 clouded leop­ards over the past 30 years and is a leader in con­ser­va­tion sci­ence ini­tia­tives to save the species.


(Source: National Zoo | FONZ press release, 29.03.2013)

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