Rare Clouded Leopard Born at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo A clouded leopard gave birth to a single male kitten this Spring at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. As the first kitten born to the Zoo’s pair of 4-year-old clouded leopards, this offspring introduces new genetics into the managed population in North America. The parent leopards, “Yim” (male) and “Malee” (female), arrived at the Zoo in 2011 at six months of age. They were paired as potential mates by the Clouded Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program of the Associa-
tion of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) designed to support the conservation of select wildlife species at risk of extinction. With this birth, there are a total of 87 clouded leopards in 22 AZA-accredited institutions. “This birth signifies a milestone accomplishment in our conservation programs at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo,” said Dr. Larry Killmar, VP of animal science and conservation. “Species survival programs for animals like clouded leopards take years of planning, development and staff
commitment. This kitten will contribute to the long term viability of our conservation efforts within the managed population, as well as range countries.” Clouded leopards are the smallest of the “big cats,” weighing 30- 50 pounds in adulthood and measuring about five feet long (including the long tail). Native to Southeast Asia, clouded leopards are found in forests and rainforests. High levels of hunting and poaching have made the species vulnerable to extinction.
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