Endangered clouded leopard born at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Newborn Clouded Leopard In FL Melts Hearts
Newborn Clouded Leopard In FL Melts Hearts

A baby clouded leopard born at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is getting quite a bit of attention. The male kitten's birth on March 7th is significant because clouded leopards are an endangered species.

He's the first kitten born to a pair of four-year-old clouded leopards, as well as the first born at the Florida facility.

The vice president of animal science and conservation at the zoo, Dr. Larry Killmar stated, "This birth signifies a milestone accomplishment in our conservation programs...This kitten will contribute to the long-term viability of our conservation efforts within the managed population, as well as range countries."

Until he turns 3-months-old, zoo keepers will bottle feed him and provide 24/7 care. After that, he'll be weaned and placed in a new home.

The yet-to-be named kitten has shown great progress since his birth. He is just beginning to open his eyes and has been eating well to pack on some weight. Including the new boy, there are now 87 clouded leopards in facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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