First leopard cubs born in captivity in Peru climb trees and greet visitors at a Lima zoo

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Peruvian Leopard Cubs

The initial two leopard cubs to be born in captivity in Peru have commenced their tree-climbing ventures within the confines of a Lima zoo. This marked their inaugural introduction to the public eye.

These cubs, one male and one female, exhibited their small fangs and strolled in circular patterns as a zookeeper carefully retrieved them from their burrows, gently gripping them by the neck. Their eyes, notable for their size, were a shimmering shade of gray.

At just slightly over three months of age, these sibling cubs had been nourished with milk until recently when they experienced their first taste of meat.

Leo and Mali, the parents of the cubs, are both three years old and were relocated to Peru in 2021 from a municipal zoo in Leon, Mexico.

Giovanna Yépez, the assistant manager of zoology at the Parque de las Leyendas zoo, articulated their decision: “Based on the idea of preserving many species and promoting an adequate, controlled reproduction, we made the decision to give a young couple the opportunity to have offspring.”

As visitors gazed in awe at the cubs, treating them with the adoration reserved for cute kittens, the female cub, displaying a protective instinct for her sibling, attempted to nip at the leg of one of their caregivers. However, her youth and lack of expertise hindered her from achieving her intended objective.

These newborns have yet to be bestowed with names. The zoo has plans to organize a contest allowing the public to participate in naming them.

Panthera pardus leopards, the species to which these newborns belong, are categorized as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list. Notably, these four individuals represent the entirety of the known leopard population residing in Peru.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Peruvian Leopard Cubs

Q: How did the first leopard cubs in Peru end up in captivity?

A: The cubs’ parents, Leo and Mali, were brought to Peru from a zoo in Leon, Mexico, in 2021 to promote controlled reproduction and preserve the species.

Q: What is the age of the leopard cubs?

A: The two cubs are just a little over 3 months old.

Q: What do the leopard cubs eat?

A: They were initially fed milk but have recently started consuming meat.

Q: What species of leopards are these cubs?

A: These cubs belong to the Panthera pardus species, which is classified as vulnerable on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Q: Do the cubs have names?

A: No, the cubs do not have names yet. The zoo plans to hold a contest for the public to suggest and decide their names.

Q: Why is this event significant for conservation?

A: These are the first leopard cubs born in captivity in Peru, shedding light on efforts to preserve this vulnerable species and promote controlled reproduction.

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Nameless October 5, 2023 - 11:05 pm

why cubs no name yet? they shud have names already!


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